Andrew Kibe scammed
By Joshua Cheloti
Popular Kenyan content creator Andrew Kibe is the latest victim of rising online scammers.
Kibe, a former Radio presenter at Kiss 100 on Thursday night took to his verified Twitter handle to reveal that he had fallen prey to the scammers.
In a tweet, the controversial content creator wondered how the scammers managed to get his number, just after he inboxed Safaricom Care.
He went further to claim it might have been an inside job. Andrew Kibe however did not reveal how much he was scammed.
“Sema kuoshwa nikaosheka, how the scammers got my number and I had just inboxed @SafaricomPLC is a mystery to me. Hapa na suspect inside job. Someone at this company is selling client information or your twitter account is fake,” he said in a tweet dated January 26, 2023.
But some of the netizens took the opportunity to school Andrew Kibe on some tricks the scammers use on unsuspecting members of the public.
One user explained to him how it was not necessarily an inside job that the scammers got hold of his number and details of the issue he was having.
“The scammers are ever refreshing @Safaricom_Care and @SafaricomPLC replies. Once you are asked to inbox Saf, they inbox you with a fake handle but with saf profile photo & even drop a no. where you may WhatsApp. They will seem to know your Problem having read your tweet,” said the user identified as Ndung’u Kiriga.
It is an explanation that Kibe agreed to.
He said, “Exact script they have used on me, Ukinuthia in me is strong gaddamnit!”
In a tweet that he posted later, the former Radio Presenter called on Safaricom and the police to come up with measures to deal with the scammers.
This is even as he asked Kenyans to be keen on the individuals that reach out to them, claiming to be workers at telecommunications companies or financial institutions.
“Don’t be like KIBE, this is not a Safcom line. But which is their official Twitter handle maybe we save a Kinuthia like me from kuoshwa?” he noted in another tweet.
With the rising number of scammers in this digital era, mobile service providers and banks have frequently been asking their customers never to share personal details with individuals claiming to be their representatives, especially PIN numbers.