PHOTOS – Meet The Faces Behind The Rampant Sim Card Swap Fraud

July 25, 2018

Detectives from Central Police Station have apprehended three suspects in connection with the rampant sim card swap that has rocked the country.

The suspects, who include Joseph Kuria Kariuki, Grace Wanjira, and Meshack Okoth Okuta were arrested on Tuesday, in connection with defrauding a Kiambu MCA Sh1.9 Million.

The police said one of the suspects whom they described as key, was a customer care executive with Safaricom but has since been dismissed. A second suspect is an employee of the bank where the Ikinu MCA Stanley Kiarie Wanjiku had banked his money.

The suspects are said to have swapped the MCA’s SIM card and accessed his bank accounts while he was out of the country on an official tour.

The MCA reported at Central Police Station that Sh1.873 million was withdrawn from his two bank accounts, one of which is a joint account on July 3 and July 4, 2018, when he was in Israel on official duty.

A further Sh40,000 was also withdrawn from M-Pesa account after his line was replaced and his mobile money transfer account PIN regenerated.

While releasing images of the trio, detectives said that they are closing in on two more suspects, who are believed to be part of the network behind the recent spate of SIM swapping.

Also Read: How to Prevent Scam Artists From Remotely Swapping Your SIM Card

Last week Friday, detectives arrested two suspects – Safaricom employee Maurice Musoti and a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) engineering student, Rian Obaga Nyagaka.

They were found in possession of 2,160 unused Safaricom SIM cards, 44 used cards, five till agent numbers, three MPESA Safaricom booklets and an internet booster router.


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