Two suspects have been arrested for allegedly conning a couple of Sh716,000 in a Sim-swap scam.
Sabina Evelyn Nyanumba, an Egerton University student, and 19-year-old Paul Nyabero Kilenya are accused of committing the offense in June this year.
The two were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Njoro, Nakuru County.
Posing as Safaricom customer care operator, the suspects allegedly called the victim and lured her into disclosing her personal information, which they used to swindle Sh296,652 from her MPesa and Cooperative Bank accounts.
The fraudsters then accessed her husband’s MPesa and Cooperative Bank accounts from where they withdrew a total of Sh420,570.
“Forensic data analysis by Kiambu-based Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau detectives working jointly with DCI liaison officers at Safaricom headquarters led detectives to the two suspects, from whom the mobile handset used in defrauding the victims was also recovered,” DCI said in a report.
The suspects were arraigned in Kiambu law court on Monday.