A few days after a logbook syndicate was reported to be looming in Kenya, another one is taking form. After falling prey to a scam card game, the OCPD in charge of the Kasarani police division in Nairobi County is counting losses. A well-organized ring suspected of coordinating with workers from local banks and telcos robbed the senior cop of Ksh600,000. Gideon Mark, a suspect apprehended by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), reportedly confessed to being part of a larger syndicate. When he phoned the police supervisor, Mark pretended to be a customer service worker, according to investigating officer Kapario Lekakeny, who testified in court on Monday, January 10.
Between January 4 and 5, the suspect utilized a private number to contact the OCPD on several occasions, requesting that he initiate a sim exchange. The cop fell for the trap, hook, line, and sinker, and gave out all of his information, which the gang used to open a new line. According to Lekakeny, the crooks utilized the officer's personal information to transfer money from his bank account to other lines registered with two mobile service providers. According to the investigating officer, Mark was a member of "Confirmed," a well-coordinated sim-swap syndicate based in Mulot, Bomet county. He claimed that they colluded with employees of mobile service providers in the country to steal money from customers.
The organization preys on the elderly, who are more trusting and more willing to divulge personal information. They register lines using numbers from lost identification cards or those of the deceased. They utilize the information they gather to delete the clients' mobile money and bank accounts. Officers have started collaborating with mobile service providers to track down gang members. They asked the court to allow them to keep the suspect in custody for another eight days while they conduct their investigation.
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