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REVEALED: 4 Tricks fake gold fraudsters use to con victims

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Tricks used in the fake gold murky industry in Kenyan by bogus dealers to con unsuspecting genuine buyers of their millions of shillings can now be revealed.

Police sources, victims and close sources to the players, plus perusing of police statements and court documents have revealed how these phoney dealers have perfected their con game that is fast gaining currency in Kenya.

This despite the fact that in Kenya only one company – Aurical Kenya – is authorized to engage in gold business.

So how do these fraudsters manage to swindle such huge amounts of money, running into of millions of shillings? Here is how:

1. Aliases and fake names – Imagine meeting someone who presents you with his passport – which looks quite unauthentic – over a business deal only for you to learn later on – with your millions of shillings gone – that no such person exists.

This is what happened to Mr Simon Aldofo Ortega after he lost Sh170 million to a Nairobi-based suspected fraudster.

It is after he reported the matter at Parklands Police Station on June 30, that Mr Ortega realized that he had been tricked.

Police statements presented in court on June 2, 2017 told the court that suspect used several aliases to conceal his real identity.

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“This trick is what is used in order for one to hide their real identities. It is of help mostly in courts and the suspects can deny that they were in anyway involved in the deals and again it is used to hide the past,” said our source.

2. The DRC connection – Some of the fraudsters are said to work in cahoots with nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who pretend to own huge amount of gold stored at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The Congolese nationals are believable because their mineral-rich central African country is known for exporting gold.

In January 2019, Mr Vladimir Borisenko, 41, told the media that he had lost Sh20 million to fraudsters, who included a Congolese identified as Amisi Bin Ramazani, who, according to the suspect, was working in collaboration with Kenyan accomplices.

3. Fake success stories – “Just google my name and you will realise that I’m a known businessman. Apart from engaging in the minerals business I also run high-end joints in Nairobi,” are words one of the fraudsters used on Mr Vladimir Borisenko.

When Mr Borisenko decided to google the said name, he was convinced that he was dealing with a genuine dealer because one of the suspect’s “business associates” had even contested for a parliamentary seat in Nairobi. That is how he ended up being conned of his millions.

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Another common success story is the flashy lifestyle that some of the suspects present to the public or on social media, characterized by moving around in expensive cars and choppers as well their perceived as close ties with powerful politicians.

4. Learned friends – Sources have revealed to Nairobi News that some prominent lawyers have played a part in these shady business deals.

The lawyers are often used as decoys to convince targeted suspects that the business deal is genuine.

“Their (lawyers) job is to make the buyer confident and assure him that all is well. Unknown to the suspects, the lawyers are usually part of the scam,” our source said.

source:nairobinews

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Concrete slum? Why Pipeline residents cover wet clothes with plastic bags

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Though the Government banned plastics a few years ago, residents of Pipeline are not about to let go of them.

Plastics come in handy to those living in flats whenever they air their clothes out to dry. They use plastic covers to protect their clothes from dust or water dripping from the upper floors.

Most of the flats are up to seventh or eighth floor, each house built with a balcony, where one can tie a clothes line. During dry spells, the place is so dusty that hanging clothes without a plastic cover is a waste of time. They gather so much dust and end up looking unwashed.

It is for this reason that almost every storeyed building here has plastic covers covering clothesline. This might look strange to an outsider but for residents it is a normal occurrence.  Enock Mutua, a caretaker in one of the flats, said the practice is common and that tenants do it to keep their clothes clean.

“Here, there are flats of up to eight floors and people wash at different times. Some people have clothes that shed colour, others do not properly wring out excess water from the clothes and if you do not cover your clothes, you might find them ruined or wet long after you washed them,” said Mutua.

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He added that when there are new apartments to be occupied, prospective tenants run for the top floors.

Love for top floors

“One is never sure unless you live in the top most floor. Some of the buildings have space on the roof tops for tenants to air clothes,” said Mutua.

He further said that many choose to put up with the “small problems” because houses are affordable.

“Most of the houses here are single rooms, bedsitters and one bedroom which range from Sh5,000 to Sh9,000,” said Mutua.

Derrick Chenge, a resident of Pipeline, said he would rather cover his clothes even if they stayed on the clothes line for three days than leave them uncovered to come and find them ruined.

“Have you seen the dust that is around here? I cannot allow it to go to my clothes, especially the white ones. I cover them all the time,” Chenge said.

He added that they were forced to do this because of insensitive neighbours who do not care whether others have clothes outside.

“The person who stays above you will not wait for your clothes to dry and ask you to remove them. It is up to you to protect your clothes,” Chenge said.

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Fear after Mombasa school principal dies from Covid-19

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The principal of Tononoka Secondary School in Mombasa where 11 teachers tested positive for Covid-19 has died, county education officials have said.

County Education Chief Officer John Musuve said Mohamed Khamis (pictured) died at the Mombasa Hospital where he was receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Multiple sources revealed that Khamis was one of the 11 teachers who were infected with the virus at the school. We could not, however, independently verify whether he succumbed to Covid-19.

“Yes, I can confirm that Khamis has died. I cannot tell you whether he was one of the teachers infected with the virus,” said Musuve.

Reports from the hospital indicate that Khamis was admitted at the ICU after he developed breathing complications immediately after he was rushed to the hospital on October 15.

Last week, Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said 11 teachers from Tononoka Secondary School and four at Star of the Sea Girls High School had tested positive for Covid-19.

The two schools, located within the Mombasa Central Business District, remained closed.

Unconfirmed reports said that a teacher at the third school in Mombasa has been taken ill with Covid-19-related symptoms and is currently in the ICU at the Coast Provincial General Hospital.

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Standard Digital has established that some students in the two schools have also contracted the virus.

“I can confirm that at Star of the Sea Girls High School, four teachers turned positive. More samples from staff members had been taken and results are yet to come out,” Kitiyo said last week.

He added: “At Tononoka Secondary School, the number was a bit high, with 11 cases confirmed,” he said, adding that the two institutions had been closed for two weeks.

Parents expressed anger over the turn of events and asked the government to carry out mandatory testing for all the students and teachers before they re-open the schools.

Khamis was scheduled to be buried at Kikowani cemetery this evening.

During the Mashujaa Day celebrations, Governor Hassan Ali Joho lamented over rising infections in Mombasa amid fear that the county was experiencing a second wave of the virus.

“We are seeing a spiral effect in new infections, resulting in all emergency beds being taken up by people who have turned positive,” Kitiyo said.

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County traffic officer smashes car after seizing it

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A city inspectorate officer in Nairobi has found herself in trouble after causing an accident along Kimathi Street that saw two cars, a motorcycle and three public benches destroyed early on Monday.

It started on Monday with a brief scuffle between the officer and a parking boy who was looking for parking space for a Nissan Note vehicle (reg number, KCA 897U).

The officer then bundled the young man out of the car and stepped on the accelerator. Little did she know that the vehicle was on reverse gear.

Hezekiah Virero, a boda boda rider whose motorcycle was on the path of the reversing vehicle, narrowly escaped death.

He barely managed to jump off his motorcycle which was run over by the reversing car.

Members of the public stare at a car which was involved in an accident along Kimathi Street in Nairobi on October 26, 2020. Eye witnesses said the car, which was being driven by a county traffic officer, hit another car and a motorcycle before hitting a tree.

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An oncoming vehicle, a Mitsubuishi Colt (reg number KCZ 633W) was also hit. The car swerved dangerously as the driver, who only identified himself as Ken, struggled to control it.

The Colt lost its left side mirror while its left front window was reduced to tiny shards on the wet tarmac. The vehicle’s left front door was also dented with the entire left side of the body badly scratched.

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As the vehicle kept speeding in reverse, riders and members of the public who were relaxing on public benches next to Total petrol station along Kimathi Street scampered out of the way.

The vehicle ended up smashing the public seats into a tree.

The impact flattened the front tire of the car with the bumpers, right side mirror and the rear windscreen were also extensively damaged.

Angry crowd

Miraculously, no one was hurt in the accident.

Bystanders and other road users stared in amazement as the dazed inspectorate officer rushed out of the vehicle.

Angry motorcycle riders charged at her. Sensing danger, the officer’s colleagues jumped into a breakdown towing vehicle and made a quick escape.

Left alone, the hapless officer found herself surrounded by the irate crowd. She was only rescued by security and police officers manning nearby buildings. She was quickly whisked into a nearby bank.

A breakdown tow away a car which was involved in an accident along Kimathi Street in Nairobi on October 26, 2020. Eye witnesses said the car, which was being driven by a county traffic officer, hit another car and a motorcycle before hitting a tree.

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“The City Council have to take my damaged motorcycle and buy me a new one. This lady hit me and I fell on the road. The next thing I saw as I stood up is her hitting another vehicle before crashing into a tree and sending another parked motorcycle on the ground,” Mr Virero said.

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For him, the accident has not only affected his vehicle but also his livelihood.

“I will sue for damages. I’m an Uber driver and my livelihood has been affected,” he said.

Police manning the bank where the city officer was taken for cover assured members of the public that they would hold her until traffic police officers arrive.

City Hall, however, declined to comment on the matter with the Director of Security Compliance, Joseph Kipsang, saying he was yet to get a report on the same.

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