The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers have launched a hunt for a 32-year-old man accused of conning Kenyans out of millions of shillings.
The man is alleged to have defrauded several victims out of tens of thousands of shillings separately under the pretext that he could help them secure jobs or transfers with the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC).
The suspect, using a fake account, often posts on the group that he is seeking a teaching job, promotion or transfer. As other users comment on the post, he takes to the comments section with another fake account, and says he knows of a person who helped him secure either a job or promotion.
He, thereafter, tags a name of the said-helper. Unknown to other Facebook users, the said-helper is him, the suspect.
Persons seeking any of the above, thereafter, reach out to him, expectedly. Remember, all this while, the Facebook users do not know that they are engaging one and the same person.
It is during the private online conversations with his victims that he asks for money. Some have paid him hundreds of thousands of shillings, others tens of thousands of shillings, collectively making him millions of shillings richer.
“If someone is seeking promotion, the TSC will handle the application directly. We don’t have proxies,” she said.
A senior DCI officer said they have traced the suspect to Kericho County.
“Soon, we’ll have him in custody,” he said.