How criminals conned dozens of Kenyans using a fake Jumia platform over Christmas

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Three notorious thugs created a fake Jumia advertisement and used it to obtain money from unsuspecting members of the public, by operating fictitious online platforms purporting to sell goods during the Christmas period.

Dickson Magembe, Dionicious Omonyi and Derrick Kodek were over the weekend arrested in a swoop by detectives from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, following numerous complaints received by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI) from members of the public.

The trio are believed to have obtained millions of shillings from unsuspecting shoppers, by operating fake accounts imitating popular JUMIA online stores.

Through a fake Facebook page ‘Jumia Shopping’ the three ran a promotion over the Christmas & New Year period offering discounts of upto 40% for various household goods, attracting unsuspecting shoppers in droves.

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An MPESA Till number where cash deposits would be made before delivery of goods was provided and upon successful payment, an invoice would be sent via WhatsApp promising free delivery within 24 hours.

That would mark the end of the correspondence as the eager clients would be blocked henceforth, leaving them disappointed and with heavy loses to bear.

This happened to a victim in Mukothima, Tharaka North Sub County, who made a payment of Sh 95,000 for a 7 seater recliner seat and a coffee table.

This is after an offer was made on the fake Facebook page announcing a 40 percent discount on recliner seats and other household items.

Tens of other Kenyans who found the deals too good to think twice fell for the trap hook line and sinker, after hurriedly making orders before getting thoroughly disappointed later.

Dickson magembe

“A total of 22 sim cards used in the fraud were recovered from the first suspect a 3rd year student at Kisii University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration,” said the DCI after arresting the Dickson Magembe.

He was nabbed in Canaan area of Kisii town and later led detectives to his two other accomplices in Ruiru, Kiambu county.

Meanwhile, the mastermind of the fraud identified as Swarzzenegar Otete, an Information Technology wizard is currently on the run.

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