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Kiharu MP warns of scammers operating under his name to con to Kenyans

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 2-Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro has distanced himself from an account operating under his name offering soft loans to unsuspecting Kenyans.

The MP who runs a financial consultant company said that he had received queries regarding the soft loans from distressed Kenyans facing the coronavirus effects.

“I’ve received several inquiries regarding “Soft Loans” we are supposedly offering,” Nyoro said in one of his official accounts.

He added that he was not offering any lending services to Kenyans and that any account on his name purporting to do so are conmen.  

Nyoro urged Kenyans to remain alert of such fraudsters who are out to deceive innocent individuals.  

“Kindly let’s be alert; we are African, and Africa is our Business,” he added.

The MP’s warning comes at a time when the Director of Criminal Investigations Office last month issued an alert of con men using the coronavirus pandemic to solicit money from distressed Kenyans.

According to DCI, some of the fraudsters masqueraded as online marketers with the intent of stealing valuable information by luring customers with free gifts.

“Members of the public are hereby warned that criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam them through the circulation of phishing emails purporting to sell non-existent items, and messages that are accompanied by links that purport to offer free goodies like data bundles, money, airtime among other things,” read the statement.

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Others would go an extra mile and pretend to be online shops selling sanitizers, Personal Protective Equipment including facemasks and even shields. Data by pan-African based cyber-security and business consultancy Serianu revealed that increased cyber security threats cost the economy an approximated Sh29.5 billion in 2018.

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