Kenya reports rise of online fraud ahead of festivities

By Samuel Ouma

Many Kenyans shopping on the internet have fallen victims of online scammers, announced the country’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

In a statement released on Thursday, December 17, the agency urged citizens to be extra vigilant of while shopping online as fraudsters impersonate websites belonging to established vendors with a motive of defrauding them.

DCI appealed to Kenyans to deal only with reliable online vendors.

“The DCI has noted an increase in online fraud cases, caused by an upsurge of online shopping, due to the festive seasons’ needs.”

“We therefore advise the public to take precaution while engaging in online business dealings, to avoid falling prey to online scammers and fraudsters,” the DCI cautioned.

Buyers have been warned further to be wary of doorstep deliveries.

“Lower no cautionary guard when dealing with doorstep deliveries and be careful on who you choose to make deliveries to your house. As a safety precaution, turn down deliveries from agents who show up at your door without your request, as they may have an ulterior motive,” DCI added.

In case of any threat, Kenyans can reach out to DCI by dialling the agency’s toll-free number 0800 722 203 for assistance.



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