Two Nairobi residents arrested in Malindi over M-PESA scam

The two reportedly made away with Ksh 100, 000 after scamming three M-PESA agents in Malindi and Mombasa.

The two identified as Ann Wairimu and James Mwangi were taken into custody on Friday August 26 at Matsangoni road block along the Malindi-Kilifi road.

Confirming the arrest was Malindi police boss Matawa Muchangi who revealed that the police had, so far, sixty fake 1000 shilling notes in their possession before cautioning members of the public to remain vigilant on the circulation of fake notes.

“Some have similar serial numbers used to defraud M-PESA businessmen,” he was quoted by Nairobi news.

Once at the M-PESA shop, the fraudsters would claim to want to deposit money and withdraw it within a short period of time.

As soon as the money was in their possession, they would then switch the fake currency with the new one then ask to deposit some more money.

The suspects’ scheme was however discovered by one M-PESA shop owner that managed to capture their number plate on video before reporting the matter to the police.

He further revealed that there was one more accomplice in the M-PESA fraud scheme that managed to escape even as investigations are underway.

Ann Wairimu and James Mwangi are said to be from Nairobi.

The suspects were reportedly using a car with the registration number KCJ 828 W.

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