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President Ruto’s daughter, Charlene, calls out Kenyans misusing her name

By Winnie Mabel October 20th, 2022 2 min read

Charlene Chelagat Ruto, one of the daughters of Kenya’s President William Samoei Ruto, took to social media on October 19, 2022, to call out people misusing her name to con Kenyans.

In the post seen by Nairobi News, Ms. Ruto revealed this after meeting one of the victims who’d fallen for the scam in which her name was used.

“Enough is enough! I have had enough! Met a young lady by the name of Mercyline this morning who informed me that she was asked by someone purporting to be me on social media that she would get a job if she sent money to them and to meet them at Weston Hotel, even through WhatsApp messages.

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Charlene Chelagat Ruto
President Ruto’s daughter, Charlene Chelagat

That is a fake account and untrue. Kenyans, don’t allow yourselves to believe, be cheated, and conned by these fake accounts.

I would never ask for money from anyone to give them a job, or to meet them, or give them anything for that matter.

Why should I when my parents are working day and night to create equal opportunities for all Kenyans?

Don’t allow yourselves to be cheated. This is my real account.” Ms. Ruto posted on Facebook.

Financial scams involving celebrities have been on the rise.

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Charlene Chelagat Ruto
President Ruto’s daughter, Charlene Chelagat

Nairobi News reported that South African-based Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan also called out a Marketplace scam using her name.

In her Tik Tok video seen by Nairobi News on October 19, 2022, she clapped back at these strangers for getting scammed using her name and image; and then coming to her to furiously demand their money back.

“Hi guys, it’s fortunate or unfortunate that we have to do this again, but we have to. Ok? First off, I don’t do trading.

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Socialite and businesswoman Zari Hassan
Socialite and businesswoman Zari Hassan

I am in education and skills training. I own colleges across South Africa. Brand ambassador to many products, doing TV shows now, doing appearances but not forex.

A lot of people are using my pictures, my cars, my properties, you know, creating fake accounts, and when you get robbed with these fake accounts, that’s when you actually look for my socials and start emailing me about how you want your money back. What money? I don’t even know you. What money are you talking about?

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Socialite and businesswoman Zari Hassan

Anything you see on the marketplace, yoni cleansing for your vajaja by Zari, not me! Bleaching cream by Zari, not me! Clothes, shoes, earrings, t-shirts, whatever by Zari on the marketplace, anything that has my picture on the marketplace is not mine. Stop getting robbed!” Zari clapped back at the victims.

On October 13, 2022, top Nigerian singer Mr. Peter Okoye of the P-Square group also asked for advice from his tweeps after being accused of scamming a Nigerian mother.

The scammers used his deep fake images and videos to con unsuspecting victims using the Zoom Up Your Life lottery that Mr. P promotes.

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