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Police on the spot for failure to arrest city fraudsters

Police in Nairobi are on the spotlight for failing to apprehend a group of fraudsters operating in the city.

Members of the public have expressed their frustration at this development, claiming the fraudsters are normally released by the police moments after arrest, only to resume their criminal acts.

The Yestel Mini X phone worth Sh500 for which a ring of syndicate has been defrauding members of the public of thousands of shillings. PHOTO | DAVID KWALIMWA
The Yestel Mini X phone worth Sh500 for which a ring of syndicate has been defrauding members of the public of thousands of shillings. PHOTO | DAVID KWALIMWA

 

 

“Everybody seems to know these people, they whenever they want, do their business and drive off at their own comfort,” one city resident told Nairobi News.

The group of about 15 people has for the past two months conned unsuspecting people within the CBD of hundreds of thousands of shillings, on the premise of selling them mobile phones that turn out to be fake.

FAKE PHONE

In other instances, this same group has duped unsuspecting customers by pretending to organize “promotions” where a participant pays Sh 5,000 to be included in a draw from where they are eligible of winning upto five mobile phones or laptops, only for the fraudsters to disappear before handing out the prizes.

Last month the con artists, who operate from a Toyota van registration number KBV 391E, were accosted by an angry mob and handed over to the authorities along Kenyatta Avenue  after Nairobi News broke news of their operations. . http://bit.ly/1ELn7Uq.

This same group with the same car however found its way back to the same street exactly three weeks later and resumed their services.

Again, they were confronted by members of the public moments after one of them discovered he had purchased a fake phone.

A melee ensued, and the driver hit a diplomatic vehicle registration number 94CD11K as he sped off.