Nairobi senator Mike Sonko yesterday wrote to the CID about some conmen using his name to extort money on Facebook.
Sonko gave actual examples of victims, each having lost several thousands. One female victim was conned Sh 4000, in the hope that she would get a job.
Here was Sonko’s letter.
16th September 2013 To the DirectorCID Headquarters,Cyber Crime Department,Muthaiga Nairobi,Kenya. RE: REQUEST FOR ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF FACEBOOK IMPOSTERS USING MY NAME ‘MIKE SONKO’ TO CON KENYANS Reference is made to one of the victim Petronila Muia Mobile No.0719xxxxx0. She was conned by imposter using my names on facebook as Mike Sonko and convinced to assist her to secure a job. After several conversations with imposter she sent some amount of money via M-PESA as quoted. ‘DQ97AX268 Confirmed. Kshs 4,000 sent to JOSEPH OBONDO 0724946652 on 3/7/13 at 11:51 AM New M-PESA balance is Ksh970.00. DR07XD381 Confirmed. Kshs 3,000 sent to JOSEPH OBONDO 0724946652 on 4/7/13 at 11:32 AM New M-PESA balance is Ksh60.00.PIN YAKO SIRI YAKO’ The following numbers are also part of the cluster of imposters: Daniel Kariuki-0703425554 Conned Zipporah Syombua Mwangangi Mobile No. 0726xxxxxx4Daniel Kariuki-0728677080 Joseph Obondo-0726947427 Conned Petronila Muia Mobile No.0719xxxxxx0
Joseph Obondo-0724946652 Stephen Biko-0725390319 Conned China Boy Mobile No.0714xxxxxx3 Kindly note my official facebook page has more than (395,800 Likes which keep increasing) JOSEPH OBONDO is pretending to be my Personal Assistant which is not true. I have always said I don’t need any kind of favours, blessings, gifts or money grants in order to help any person. Any assistance accorded will highly be appreciated. Yours Sincerely, Sen. Mike Gideon Mbuvi Kioko SonkoSenatorNairobi County
Now since we’ve read the above letter, lets take a few minutes and laugh out loud… Seriously who still sends money to secure a job?
Am of the opinion that instead of celebrities decrying impostor conmen, they should decry some Kenyans ignorance.