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BEWARE: How cons are using obituary photos to con friends and relatives of the deceased

Con act of using obituary photos exposed

Photo of late Angela Mumbua (Twitter)

A case of a woman claimed to have died in 2013 and now was alive, was on Monday exposed as a con act.

The deceased identified as Angela Mumbua had her photo placed on a medical appeal advert as Charity Wanjiru.

The fake identification had stated that the lady required donations after being diagnosed with a heart condition.


The information was however revealed to be a fraud after it was found out that Mumbua had passed on six years ago and her demise notified through the obituary section of the Nation newspaper.

This is just one of the examples of the types of con being pulled by unknown people with the aim of acquiring money using someone’s identity.

Jimmy Wanjigi's death announcement

In February last year, prominent businessman Jimmy Wanjigi’s photo was used to announce the death of one Richard Wanjagi.

The photo which was the actual photo of the business man affiliated to NASA, was tweaked in order to make it believable.


According to the advert that was place in the Nation newspaper, Wanjagi had died in a failed robbery attempt at his Karen home.

In November 2013, it was reported that there was an attempt at the residence of James Maina Wanjigi, who is the father to the businessman.

The local news paper however later published the photo of the man responsible for the announcement after issuing an apology statement for the erroneous publication.


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