The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has alerted members of the public on a well-organized online car selling scam.
DCI arrests car selling fraudsters targeting Kenyans online, how to avoid their tactics
Learn how to avoid such scams
According to a brief by the DCI, a three-man gang purporting to operate from Mombasa County as been defrauding unsuspecting car buyers online.
The gang includes a registered lawyer, one Moses Owino Angelo, and had allegedly placed adverts for cars on Jiji.co.ke, a platform which allows both verified and unverified sellers to post items for sale.
"Two people filed a complaint at DCI Kasarani of having been swindled after making payments for vehicles they had seen posted on an online market place, http://jiji.co.ke.
"One buyer reported he was led to a car yard on Nairobi's Ngong road to view a Toyota Probox. After making the full payment, he was abducted and dumped in the city centre. Another buyer paid a deposit through Mpesa for a Land Rover. The vehicle was never delivered," the report by DCI read in part.
How to Avoid being conned by car selling fraudsters online
While the authorities have asked anyone who may have fallen victim to these conmen to report their ordeal, it is better to be safe than sorry.
A section of the public has recommended Cheki.co.ke as the best online platform for the purchase and sell of vehicles online.
A quick check by Pulselive.co.ke, Kenyans hailed Cheki for verifying information of car dealers before posting on their platform to ensure they're not swindled.
Cheki.co.ke was recently recognized as Kenya's Most Preferred online car selling platform.
The Company was awarded for the role it has played in offering a secure way for local car sellers to reach buyers and vice versa.
Frasudsters have figured out ways to con buyers by using credible car selling yards and even reputable dealerships.
To protect your business as well as your hard-earned money then Cheki is the only way to go.
The platform has a wide pool of prospective buyers, a user-friendly website, affordable advertising fees, nationwide connectivity and readily available credible information to help you avoid getting conned.
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