September 27, 2022

Unemployed Youths Cautioned Against Scammers Promising Fake Jobs

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Murang’a East Sub-County Police Commander Mary Wakuu has cautioned youth against falling prey to fraudsters who promised them jobs.

Referring to a report made by members of the public on Tuesday, September 6, about a woman who had obtained money from a group of youth promising to give them jobs, Wakuu said that the victims needed to be more vigilant.

“22 people came to the station this morning claiming that during the months of June and July 2022, they were approached by a woman who works with Murang’a county government who claimed that the county government was employing casual workers,” she said.

“The suspect who is now in custody here at Murang’a police station told them that each was to pay Sh10,000 which was to cater for aprons, boots, gloves and NHIF as well as NSSF cards,” she added.

According to the commander, the woman then went ahead to allocate each of the youths jobs such as sweeping and attending to parking lots in various parts of the town. One of them was assigned the role of supervisor.

The youths started to be suspicious when they found out that all other county employees had been paid their August salaries except them and that is when they decided to confront the suspect.

Wakuu urged all youth seeking employment to be vigilant so as not to fall prey to anyone who asks for money with promises of getting them jobs.

“Members of the public should be cautious against any job that asks for money before someone is employed because it probably won’t be genuine,” she stated.

Some of the victims of the suspect, identified only as Mercy, narrated how they thought they had secured jobs with the county government.

Edwin Marathi from Thuita who says he was introduced to the suspect by one of the other youth who had also been defrauded claimed he had parted with Sh10,000 in the hope of securing a job.

 “I had come to Murang’a for a job. I was asked for Sh10,000 and assigned a job as a supervisor,” Marathi said.

Another victim Nancy Nyambura, claimed she had worked for a month before she discovered she had been conned.

“It was Mercy who showed me where I would be sweeping in the outskirts of town,” Nyambura said, adding that they were even required to sign attendance forms every day.

James Maina, who used to work as a bodaboda operator in town, recounts how he heard about the county jobs in June and filled the forms he was given after parting with Sh20,000.

“When we reported to work she asked for an additional Sh345,” he said adding he has been working for three months.

The youths who have been doing casual jobs in various stations in Murang’a town had been promised a monthly salary of between Sh15,000 and 20,000.

The suspect was today morning arraigned in a Murang’a court where she denied charges of with obtaining money by false pretenses.   

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