Beware! Conmen using fake Facebook accounts of Governor Gladys Wanga
A group of conmen have devised an ingenious way of stealing money from unsuspecting Kenyans using fake social media accounts that purport to be those of Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga.
The conmen have since managed to receive money from people seeking financial help as the governor put the suspects on notice. Victims reported being swindled with false promises of getting financial assistance.
According to County Government Spokesperson Rachel Ogutu, the suspects manage social media accounts using Governor Wanga’s name defraud unsuspecting victims.
Two Facebook accounts with the governor’s name have so far been exposed as fake accounts being used in the con game. Ms Ogutu said the accounts are named Gladys Atis Wanga and Gladys Atis.
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The county spokesperson said police had identified two men who are running the fake Facebook accounts.
“Governor Wanga does not run any funds scheme. Kenyans should know that the governor does not have a financial institution for lending people money,” Ms Ogutu said.
“Legal action will be taken against the suspects. No one should fall victim to their con game,” she said, while warning residents to be wary of the fraudsters.
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In the social media platforms, the conmen tell the residents that they manage financial institutions run by Governor Wanga and they offer loans and savings.
The suspects tell residents to pay various fees which include Sh850 for registration, Sh1850 for insurance, Sh1,250 for stamp duty, Sh2,050 for CRB clearance, Sh1,100 for transaction and Sh3,200 for double dialing. These are the fees charged for anyone seeking a loan of Sh100,000.
Ms Ogutu said the matter has been reported at Homa Bay Police Station.
“We received complaints from a number of people in the county who lost their money through the conman ship,” she said.
In one case, a woman identified as Ms Irene Atieno, is reported to have lost Sh10,500.
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