Two suspected fraudsters were on Wednesday afternoon arrested along Parklands road after allegedly conning a man through the online purchasing platform OLX.
The two suspects, identified as Sameer Abdulazziz Kasam and Peter Kavoi Musili, were arrested after they threw their victim out of their moving car.
Another motorist, who witnessed the incident, alerted a police officer who was manning NIC Bank.
The armed Administration Police officer, together with the motorist, then pursued the suspect’s vehicle.
The officer eventually managed to deflate the tyres of the fleeing suspects’ car at Fedha Plaza. Police searched and recovered Sh400,000 from the car.
ROBBED OF CASH
The victim, who had bruises on his elbows and knees, positively identified the two suspects as the men who had defrauded him Sh732,000 by pretending that they would sell him steel bars.
According to the victims, the two men identified themselves as steel bar sellers based in Westlands only to throw him out of their speeding car after robbing him of cash.
Many Kenyans have fallen victim to online con artists who operate fake companies that purport to sell various items online.
Because they are not deposit-taking facilities that are supervised by the Central Bank of Kenya or the Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority, the portals seem to be running uncontrolled, in the process exposing many Kenyan with Internet access to fraudsters.
Police have warned Kenyans against doing business with such entities, advising that only registered companies should be involved and that prospective buyers ought to demand registration details before making any transaction.