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How BBC journalist lost money to bank fraudsters

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A Kenyan journalist working with the BBC is the latest victim of online banking fraud.

In an interview , Ferdinand Omondi revealed with shock how he discovered in the wee hours of one morning last week that a fraudster had managed to withdraw Sh10,000 from his account.

“I had been awake until 3am on that particular day,” explained Omondi. “Then I got a notice that a hundred US dollars (about Sh10,000) had been transferred from my account to an entity known as ‘MV Productions’, I immediately alerted my bank and it (consequent online transactions) was blocked.”

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It did not end there.

“Soon after, I received a separate alert that someone had unsuccessfully tried to transfer $150 (about Sh15,000) from another account. Worse, later on, I unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw money from an MTN machine and my card got stuck. Later on, someone tried to withdraw cash from that account.”

He added: “I am shocked. I have blocked all online transactions on the cards and following up on the matter with the relevant authorities.”

Cases of banking fraud are on the increase in Kenya.

Last week, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) issued warrants for 130 people in connection with electronic fraud by hacking into commercial bank systems.

“The suspects are wanted in connection with electronic fraud by hacking into bank systems. Any person with information on their whereabouts should contact DCI headquarters or the nearest police station,” said DCI.

Cases on mobile money fraud have also been on the increase.

Source: Nairobi News

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American tourist visiting Mara in trouble over fight with a local resident

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An American tourist has been arrested following a fight with a businessman in Narok town.

The foreigner, who has been identified as Mr Amando Kurti from Alabama, United States, is set to be arraigned on Monday for assault and resisting arrest, according to Narok OCPD Joseph Kisombe.

But the man’s partner Ms Danielle Olivier, who is a New Zealander, and Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina, have accused the police of taking sides.

“The police seem to fear Mr Ishmael, why haven’t they arrested him after equally injuring the tourist,” said Mr Kina.

Ms Olivier blamed the trader for starting the fight.

Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina (right) and Danielle Olivier from New Zealand, whose partner Amando Kurti was arrested for allegedly assaulting a businessman in Narok, arrive at Narok Police Station on February 17, 2019. PHOTO | GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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JKIA ranked among the busiest airports in the continent

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The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi has been ranked as one of the busiest airports in Africa.

The latest report by Airports Council International has ranked the facility as the fourth busiest airport in the continent.

Johannesburg International Airport (South Africa) has been named the busiest airport in Africa, handling at least 281 passenger flights on average per day.

Cairo International Airport (Egypt) and Bole International Airport in Ethiopia are ranked second and third busiest airports in the region.

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Australian arrested in Nairobi for interfering with CCTV cameras

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An Australian, Benjamin Gsull, has been arrested for allegedly covering and switching off CCTV cameras of an apartment in Nairobi.

Police had received complaints of an attempted house break-in and were carrying out investigations when they discovered him on the surveillance footage.

During a search in his house, police found two rounds of ammunition and a bag of bhang.

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