Many people are losing their hard-earned money to online scammers; fraudsters use the internet to get personal details of people, which they use to conduct their scamming activities.

A 22-year-old Francis Mairura, who hails from Nyamondo village, Gucha South Kisii county, was arrested today by the police after an alleged fraud he had conducted.

Francis is said to have siphoned shillings 0.9 million from a Mombasa-based microfinance, and it’s alleged that he breached the Sacco’s IT systems and transferred the money to six Mpesa accounts he owns


“An online scammer who mastermind a hi-tech swindle that swept Sh0.9 Million from a Mombasa based micro finance, has been arrested and Sh600,000 recovered. The architect of the heist Francis Mairura, was smoked out of his hideout in Nyamondo village located at Gucha South in Kisii county.
This is after the sleuths based at DCI’s operations support unit trailed the cash which was siphoned through a breach of the Sacco’s IT systems and transferred to six Mpesa accounts.” Read part of the post

Police allege that the fraud was conducted on 31st December 2022 between 3:30 to 5:00 pm by the 22-year-old suspect, who was oscillating between two houses, one at Witeithie Estate in Thika town and the other at Gitambaya in Ruiru at the time the heist was conducted.

According to the police, the suspect, upon conducting the fraud, escaped to his Kisii county home, where he had been hiding since then not knowing the police were trailing him.

Police trailing the suspect arrested him yesterday in the wee morning hours at his rural home in Nyamondo village; police recovered Sh 0.6 million, three portable phones, and an HP laptop suspected to have been used by the suspect to conduct the heist.

The suspect has been escorted back to Mombasa by the police, where he will be processed and charged for his crimes.

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