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The old con tricks are back

With every passing day fraudsters update their tricks in order to be steps ahead of their targets. Recently we have heard and read of cases of the bank accounts of the dead being wiped clean. When this happens to an institution like the bank it raises a lot of concern. It means that fraudsters are getting smarter.

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When a victim in tears narrates the oldest trick in the book then it means that it is about time the prey relearned their survival tack ticks.

Just the other day a girl was seen in town near Kenya National Archives narrating her ordeals to bystanders. She had just been coned by a duo comprising a young man and an old man of about 80 years. She said that as she was on her way to school, the young man who was also walking in the same direction as her overtook her then suddenly bent down to pick something. She wasn’t keen so she didn’t know why the guy had bent down suddenly until he moved closer to her and showed her a bundle in a brown envelope.

The young man who later on introduced himself as Ken flipped the envelope exposing a Ksh.1000 note. This shocked the young lady who according to the bystanders was called Mary. Mary had never seen that amount of -what she concluded to be money before so she was gladdened at her luck on that day. However Ken then warned her that that wasn’t their money, it belonged to the old man who was a few steps ahead of them.

Ken, therefore, convinced Mary to accompany him to return the money to the old man, citing that Mary’s youthful face would be more trustworthy than his. Consequently, they hastened their pace in order to catch up with the old man who seemed oblivious of his apparent loss.

“Hello mzee,” Mary inquired. “Young lady, how are you? How may I help you?” Mzee Kawi answered.

Mary began by explaining that mzee Kawi had dropped his money which she was now holding since Ken claimed he needed her help with that. Mzee Kawi looked down at the brown envelope then suddenly with a flashed look started inspecting through his pockets.

Finally, his face shone with gratitude when he realised that what he was searching for was now in Mary’s delicate hands. Mzee Kawi snatched the envelope from Mary’s hand without any further hesitation. Upon tucking the envelope underneath his armpit, he passionately grabbed Mary’s hand and shook it vigorously as he repeatedly shouted thank you.

Once he had shown Mary enough gratitude, he turned to Ken and also said thank you. Before Mary could leave to resume her day’s plan of attending school, Mzee Kawi called on her. “Mary, I need your help to bank this money. My grandson who is my only living relative is at the university, therefore I need to pay school fees for him,” Mzee Kawi pleaded as he produced documents that contained the bank details of the university where his alleged grandson attended.

Mary inspected the documents and realised they were legitimate. As she was about to start walking in the direction of the bank, Mzee Kawi summoned her back. He told her that he needed to hold on to Mary’s bag for assurance that she wouldn’t run away with his money. Since there was already established trust, Mary gave him her bag which had two laptops one for her and one for a friend who had left it at her place during a sleepover.

It was morning hours therefore the tellers at the bank were not busy when Mary walked into the bank. She walked straight to teller 1 who greeted her joyfully and asked how he could help. Mary handed him the documents, as well as the brown, envelope followed by an explanation of the transaction to be done. The teller took the items and proceeded to open the envelope, only to find printing papers that were consistently sized like the Ksh.1000.

The teller looked up from the papers to Mary who had been looking around the bank as she hoped the teller would be done soon. When her eyes met with the teller’s she could tell something was off but could not put her finger on exactly what it was. The teller then picked up his telephone receiver, pressed one button then said one word “come” then hang up.

The teller had summoned the bank security who on arrival, asked Mary to accompany them to a small office. In that office, Mary cried as she narrated what transpired as the realisation of her loss dawned on her.

The bank’s security let her go but Mary did not know what to do since the same bag that had been stolen by Mzee Kawi and Ken had her phone and her monthly allowance.

The bystanders who were listening to Mary promised to help although, suspiciously.

Moral of the story: stay woke, they think you have forgotten their old tricks since you expect the trade to have advanced by now. Additionally, it could be that a new crop of fraudsters is on internship and you are its target.

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