Forget Fake Uhuru: Another high-profiled impersonator cons Kenyans

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If you thought ‘Fake Uhuru’ was the end of high-profiled impersonators, then you are wrong.

Detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have launched investigation to nab a notorious syndicate using a fake identity of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma to con Kenyans.

The detectives under Cyber Crime department undertook forensic analyses on Tuesday to establish the nature of electronic gadgets used to contact victims of the scam and the location of the impersonators.

The CS had complained to DCI boss George Kinoti of criminals impersonating her and using her name and photo to solicit money from her social circles.

“Our attention has been drawn to social media accounts that are impersonating the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monica Juma. These accounts are being used to solicit money from unsuspicious individuals. Kindly note that the CS has one Twitter account (@Diplomacy_Kenya) only and has no Facebook account,” Juma’s office wrote.

Kinoti urged persons who have been contacted by the criminals to volunteer information to his office. “Detectives from the Cyber Crime Unit have commenced investigations to ensure the perpetrators are dealt with according to the law,” he said. 

Cases of cyber bullying and criminals impersonating public servants have been on the rise.

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In February, seven suspects were arrested for allegedly impersonating President Uhuru Kenyatta and fraudulently acquired sh 10 million from a Nairobi tycoon.

The suspects are accused of calling the chairman of Sameer Africa Naushad Merali and asking for Ksh 10 million using mobile number 0722208842 in the name of the president.

The seven, Joseph Waswa, Duncan Muchai, Isaac Wajekeche, William Simiyu, David Luganya, Gilbert Kirunja and Anthony Wafula, were later released on a Ksh 100,000 bond.

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