NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has cautioned Kenyans against importing vehicles through a suspected unscrupulous used motor vehicle dealer going by the name Prime Motors Japan.
The dealer claiming to be located in Japan is alleged to have been swindling Kenyans and other nationals pretending to be a genuine car export dealer.
In a statement, Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said the ministry was made aware of the fake car dealer by the Kenyan Embassy in Japan after several Kenyans complained of being conned.
“Three Kenyans have already reported fraudulent deals involving $6,900 (Sh604,000) $13,300 (Sh1.2mn) and $5,850 (Sh512,000). Communications with the company has ceased,” Kibicho said.
“We have done our background checks and found that Prime Motors Japan using a website addresses: http://www.primemotorsjapan.com/ is a fake company despite their vigorous advertising in Kenya and other places,” he announced.
The company is said to have no credible official address and the one given on their website could simply be a virtual office.
Kibicho added that the said firm’s website has no company profile and no credible details about ownership or company registration in Japan.
Prime Motors Japan Co, he added, is not a member of JUMVEA (Japan Used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association) or any other used car association.
“The ministry wishes therefore to alert Kenyans that any dealing with Prime Motors Japan Company would be at own risk. Our Embassy in Japan is ready and willing to assist Kenyans identify genuine companies that they can trade with,” he said.