- A Kenyan woman has fallen victim to a sophisticated online scam, where she was deceived by an imposter posing as a foreign boyfriend
- The scam, which involved the promise of expensive gifts and a substantial sum of money, has left the victim devastated
- The woman met the scammer on Facebook, where they engaged in seemingly innocent conversations
A Kenyan woman has become the latest victim of an elaborate online romance scam, wherein she was deceived by a fraudulent suitor posing as a foreigner.
The incident came to light after Bianca Naomi, a Twitter user with the handle @BiancaNaom1, shared the harrowing experience of her cousin, who was lured into a web of deceit.
In a series of tweets, Naomi recounted the unfortunate ordeal that her cousin endured while also warning others about the perils of online scams.
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According to Naomi’s account, her cousin initially made the acquaintance of the scammer on Facebook, where they engaged in friendly conversations.
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“”My cousin got herself a “mzungu” guy on Facebook! They exchanged pleasantries, and one thing led to another,” said Naomi.
“Here is where it got interesting: this Mzungu guy told this lady that he’s in the US and wanted to send her a package of MacBooks, an iPhone 14, and $25,000,” she added.
Over time, their virtual relationship grew more affectionate, with the exchange of affectionate terms of endearment like “babe,” “my love,” and “darling.”
However, the situation took a suspicious turn.
The scammer, posing as a white man, claimed to reside in the United States and expressed a desire to send her cousin a package containing several Apple products.
They included Apple MacBooks, an iPhone 14, and a substantial sum of $25,000 (KSh 3,670,000).
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To add an air of credibility, the scammer even shared purported receipts for these items.
The plot thickened when the imposter informed Naomi’s cousin that the package would arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.
To facilitate the release of the package, she was instructed to provide KSh 10,000 to cover various expenses at the airport.
Without questioning the authenticity of the situation or exploring alternative options, the victim promptly sent the requested KSh 10,000 to an undisclosed recipient.
The following day, she received a call from an individual claiming to be an official at JKIA. This individual confirmed the arrival of the package but insisted on the full payment before releasing it.
“Well, my Cuzo, filled with excitement, received a call from someone purporting to be an official at the airport and she was told her package had arrived, but she should send the KSh 10,000 before she could be helped,” wrote Naomi.
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To her dismay, despite being aware that the package contained a significant sum of KSh 3,670,000, the victim did not request that the amount be deducted from the package itself.
Instead, she complied with the demand, sending the money as instructed.
However, the person who had contacted her suddenly became unreachable, and the phone number went offline.
Tragically, the victim was devastated, having lost KSh 10,000 without the promised package of high-value electronics and cash.
It was only then that she realized the extent of the deception and reported the incident to her family.
Further investigation revealed that the supposed “Mzungu” boyfriend was, in fact, a Kenyan scam artist exploiting the vulnerability of individuals seeking love and companionship online.