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Five arrested in Kasarani on suspicion of electronic money fraud

Detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Wednesday nabbed five suspects for their allegedly involvement in electronic money fraud.

The five were arrested within Pavab apartments in Kasarani, the DCI said in a statement on its official social media pages.

The five were identified as Samuel Githinji Njenga, Wilson Mugo Githinji, James Gitonga Maina, John Ngotho Kariuki and Ian Mbogo Kamau.

“They were found in possession of 1,720 unregistered Safaricom lines, 429 Airtel lines, five handsets and five laptops,” DCI’s statement reads in part.

The DCI said that all the suspects are already in lawful custody as they assist the police in investigations. They are expected to be arraigned in court on Thursday.

The arrest comes at a time when many Kenyans have fallen victim of cyber and economic crimes.

ONLINE CRIME

This, has for months seen the DCI constantly warn members of the public through its official social media accounts to be extra careful when dealing with individuals who run online business.

For instance, on Wednesday morning DCI, in a statement, warned Kenyans against internet related crime.

“The internet is full of websites that are either fake, fraudulent or a scam. If you’re not careful while using the internet you can end up getting scammed out of your money, or worse, your identity,” the statement read in part.

DCI further gave details on how members of the public can identify fake websites.