The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Saturday 15 August 2020 arrested James Chege Kinuthia, a fraudster who had involved with a multi-million online fraud scheme that had seen Kenyans lose millions of shillings in an elaborate scheme.
The DCI arrested James Chege in Mihango Utawala who is suspected to be working with others, had been using different online platforms to steal from Kenyans. The platforms included Jiji Pay, WhatsApp, and emails.
He pretended to be selling furnished 20x40ft or 40x40ft containers for occupation or business only to disappear in thin air after being paid.
“APPEAL | Have you lost money through advertisements appearing on sections of the media, wooing unsuspecting members of the public to purchase furnished 20x40ft or 40x40ft containers for occupation or business? @DCI_Kenya detectives have this morning arrested one such fraudster namely James Chege Kinuthia in Mihang’o, Utawala.”
“The fraudster suspected to be working with others has been using different online platforms such as Jiji Pay, WhatsApp & emails to appeal to would-be buyers but ends up defrauding them once he has been paid,” read part of the statement.
The DCI appealed to Kenyans who may have fallen victim to James Chege to come forward and report the matter to the Serious Crimes Investigations Unit at DCI HQs for further investigations.
“We are appealing to any person/s who may have fallen prey to his machinations to come forward and report to the Serious Crimes Investigations Unit at DCI HQs for further investigations,” read another part.
James Chege’s arrest comes days after the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) arrested a team of fraudsters in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).
The DCI stated that the fraudsters were posing as Mobile Service Providers and Pay TV employees soliciting money from unsuspecting members of the public.
It was also disclosed that the team used a range of merchandise including electronic goods and laptops they purported to be promoting or selling.
The three fraudsters were identified as Jeremiah Murimi Mwaura, Victoria Muthoni Mutunga, and Albert Oyugi Ayumbo.