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Police arrest two sim-swap fraud suspects in Nakuru.

Two suspects who defrauded a Kiambu couple over Kshs 716,000 in a Sim swap scam in June 2021 have been arrested.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Sabina Evelyne Nyanumba who is a student at Egerton University, and 19-year-old Paul Nyabero Kilenya were arrested in Nakuru’s Njoro sub-county over the weekend.

“Their pursuit and subsequent arrest followed the June incident where a woman received a call from a new number and was made to believe that she was being engaged by a Safaricom customer care operator,” said the DCI

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In the course of the conversation, police say the woman had been lured into revealing some personal information, which the fraudsters used to swindle Kshs 296,652 from her Mpesa and Cooperative Bank accounts.

“The swindlers furthered their felonious agenda to the woman’s husband Mpesa and Cooperative Bank accounts, from which they withdrew a total of Ksh 420,570,” added the police.

Forensic data analysis by Kiambu-based Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau detectives working jointly with DCI liaison officers at Safaricom headquarters led detectives to the two suspects, from whom the mobile handset was used in defrauding the victims was also recovered.

The suspects were Monday arraigned in Kiambu Law Courts.

Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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