A well-crafted online fraud scheme has left thousands of Kenyans counting their losses as detectives battle to bring the brains behind it to book.
Gullible Kenyans out to become instant millionaires fell for Amazon Web Worker Africa, a mobile app that lured them with the lie of making money after signing up and making deposits.
To make the deal irresistible, the app managers promised depositors that they would earn interests above local bank-market rates.
“Do you have a smart phone? Do you want to earn a monthly payment without fail? Invest with Amazon App-the largest shopping online App in the world to earn everyday by helping Amazon store owners increase their sales by only a click on your phone,” read one of app’s adverts.
Clients were promised of Sh37 daily and Sh1500 monthly for every investment worth Sh300, and Sh11,700 daily and Sh351,000 monthly for investments worth Sh100,000.
Referring friends to the app would earn extra money until…