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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Impersonators posing as genuine employees of SendWave.com, the popular online money Transfer platform, are sending out emails to unsuspecting customers asking them to update their their account information.

 

Many Kenyans living in the United States have been targeted by the scammers.

 

Sendwave is operated by Chime Inc. and is authorized to transmit money in the US, Canada, the UK and the EU.

 

On Thursday, SendWave administrators confirmed to Kenya Satellite News Network that the emails did not emanate from them and appealed to their customers “not to update their account information as they are going to lose their money.”

 

“Those emails are not from us. Any email from Sendwave must have @sendwave as a handle. Please don’t open them,” the spokesperson said.

Irene Wanjiru Maina, an Atlanta-based Kenyan who regularly uses Sendwave to send money to her family back home said he was amazed by how credible the “fake” landing page.

 

“When you click on the link, it takes you to a landing page which looks almost identical to the genuine Sendwave landing page,” she said.

“I just hope no one has fallen victim,” she added.

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However, two other  customers who did not wish to disclose their identity confirmed to ksnmedia.com that they had fallen victim and their accounts had been compromised.

 

Here is how the fake landing page looks:

 

Here is the genuine Sendwave landing page:
Can you spot the difference?
Below are samples of some of the emails received by Sendwave customers:

Hi

 

This is Norman B. from Sendwave. For regulatory purposes, we’re required to verify the identity of all Sendwave users. Unfortunately, your account has not yet been verified. In order to ensure that you are able to continue to use our service, kindly click on the update your account below:

 

Update Your Account 

 

Please note that if you do not confirm your details within 48 hours, your ability to send money using Sendwave may be disrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

At Sendwave, we take the security of your account very seriously and appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.

Best,

Sendwave User Protection Support Team

Hi,
We wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Terms of Service for all Sendwave users. These updates reflect our ongoing commitment to documenting our procedures clearly as we work to provide you with the safest, easiest and fastest service possible. In order to ensure that you are able to continue to use our service, Kindly click on submit account verification to update your account:

Submit Account Verification   

Please note that if you do not confirm your details within 48 hours, your ability to send money using Sendwave may be disrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

As always, thank you for using Sendwave!

Best Wishes,
The Sendwave Team  

Wave only allows you to transfer money via their dedicated smartphone application, available for both Apple and Android phones. Customers in the US, the UK and Canada can send money, and current receiving countries include Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. Although the range of sending and receiving countries is limited, Wave are planning to introduce money transfer services to more countries as the company grows.

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Wave does not charge fees to use its money transfer services and instead makes a profit by offering a worse exchange rate than the base rate. This rate varies between being around 1.5 percent and five percent lower. This can make them more expensive than other providers for certain money transfer needs, so it’s worth comparing.

You can only send money from a debit card linked to a bank account in the US, the UK, Canada or another country approved by Wave. The mobile application can be used anywhere in the world, as long as the payment comes from a bank account approved by Wave.

You cannot use a credit card, PayPal or a direct bank transfer to fund currency exchanges. We did find a couple of references on the Wave website to sending funds to the beneficiary’s bank account, but couldn’t find further details. It looks like they mainly offer to transfer funds to the beneficiary’s mobile wallet, which would explain why the transfers are so fast.

There are limits to how much money people can send. You can initially transfer a maximum of $999/£750/€750 per day and $2,999/£2,500/€2,500 per month.

These limits can be raised to $2,999/£2,500/€2,500 per day and $12,000/£10,000/€10,000 per month if Wave receives proof of identity in the form of a photographic ID.

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Wave, with a website at www.wave.com (part of a business called Chime Inc.) should not be confused with Wave Money, with a website at www.wavemoney.com.mm — they are separate businesses.


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The year 2020 has stretched us in many ways! It has thrown to us numerous twists and turns, while offering us a number of highs and many lows.

But as the year ends, we would love to give you, your family and your loved ones a big smile, especially on these last days of the year with our special December offer, #GoGreenNaOptiven

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Sukari Heights is magnificently designed luxurious and executive residence offering world class lifestyle.
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Here at Optiven, we usually have FIVE Levels of properties. Each level has its set of value additions. The levels are also based on location, proximity to infrastructure. Market prices are thus based on these factor. This ensures that we cater for low, middle and high end customers.

Here are our property Levels:

1. Plots that are Bare: They do not have any value additions on them at all. Their price range from 495, 000_ per plot.

Hope Gardens in Kajiado
Price tag Kshs. 675,000 per plot

(Read more about Hope Gardens here: https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/hope-gardens-kajiado-county/) and Favour Gardens in Kajiado. We do not have many of this type since they are plots that are a bit far from development.

2. Limited Value Added Plots: These plots have graded roads, fence with barbed wire, power not too far and there is scarce settlement. Examples are Rafiki Gardens along Kangundo Rd. @ Kshs. 695, 000 per plot ) – Read more about Rafiki Gardens here: https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/rafiki-gardens-kangundo-road/) and Peace Gardens in Nyeri

@ Kshs. 695, 000 per plot (this is only 500 meters off Tarmac)

3. Standard Value Added Plots (Medium Value Added Plots): On this properties; we do murrum roads, Water on site, elevated water tanks, fence by Mesh and care taker on site. Examples are:

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Shekinah Gardens in Kajiado Township

Price tag Kshs. 750, 000

– this project is only 900 meters off Namanga highway.

Shekinah Gardens – Kajiado

Watch more about Shekinah here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6pqSDS1OAo&t=14s)

Shalom Gardens in Machakos

Price Tag@ 1,295, 000,

Shalom Gardens Phase 2 Value Add Ons

Garden of Joy in Machakos

Price tag 1.495M per plot.

Garden of Joy – Machakos County

Watch more about Garden of Joy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAIQGde-D7A&t=10s

4. High level Value Additions:

Price Tag: cash Kshs 2,295,000

We do fruits parks, playing fields, elevated water tower, piped water to every plot, we plant hundreds of trees, drainages done, power, house designs and gated community with manned security, community regulations, Home owners Association and a care taker. Example is Victory Gardens Phase Three, Four & Five.

Victory Gardens Phase 3, 4 & 5 taking a new Positive Twist

Watch more about Victory Gardens here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StH4xI_7Oxg&t=1s

5. Super Prime Value Addition:

Price range: Kshs. 5m to 12.5m (determined by size of Plot)

This is where we do cabro internal roads, provision of club house, very high end entry gate, stone wall, laser wire, CCTV, water Fountain, high end Steel Galvanized 15 meter high 100,000 liters elevated tank, Orchards, green public parks, house designs, appointed Architect, registered community regulations by the county government, Home owners association, Uniformed Security guards. Two caretakers on site. Example is
Amani Ridge the Place of Peace in Kiambu.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace – Kiambu

Watch this video on architectural projections of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=2s

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Would you wish to own any of these properties? Get in touch with Optiven Today:

Contact Optiven Group:
+254 790 300 300
+254 723 400 500
Website: www.optiven.co.ke
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