How Kiambu politician’s bank account was swept clean by fraudsters

Conmen go after politicians while outside the country

Ikinu MCA Stanley Wanjiku, told the Nation that he lost the money while in Israel after his PIN was blocked then changed remotely.

According to Mr Wanjiku, he needed to conduct a transaction in Kenya but when he tried transferring money using his mobile money transfer service, he found out that his PIN had been blocked.

He then received an SMS from his bank service centre asking him to call using a particular phone number.

After unsuccessfully attempting to reset his PIN so that he could continue with the transaction, he opted to contact his bank.

"I wrote to them an SMS via the same number they gave me, giving my bank account number and my phone number only,” Wanjiku was quoted by the Nation as saying.

Unfortunately, the bank was unable to reset his PIN leaving him to resolve continuing his business transaction after the Israel trip.

Upon return, Wanjiku tried using his mobile wallet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) but was shocked after he was told that on July 3 his line had been replaced.

"I do not know how my mobile money PIN was regenerated and issued to strangers. I am at a loss how they identified themselves.

"We learnt that Sh40, 000 had been withdrawn from my mobile wallet and Sh339,000 was withdrawn from my bank account while  Sh1.5 million was taken from a joint bank account," the MCA revealed.

The Kiambu politician reported the matter at Central Police station and it was booked under OB number 34/12/7/18.

DCI, Central Bank of Kenya, his bank and his mobile banking service provider have since been informed after the theft.

This comes amid outcry from members of the public that their PINs are being swapped by unknown persons.

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