Sh230,000 stolen as fraudsters clean Kisumu man’s bank savings
SEE ALSO :Kabras coach upbeat ahead of KCB matchUnable to help He said managers at the KCB Kisumu West branch who had helped him to open an account told him they could not help him recover the money. "They asked me to write a complaint letter which I did. But the branch manager told me investigations can take up to 8 months. I then went and reported the matter to the police, which too, were unwilling to help me," said Omondi. He said he has now engaged a lawyer who is helping him to follow up on the matter. "These people have finished me. I had just started the livestock business and now with my money all gone, my world has crumbled," said Omondi. One of the numbers used to call Omondi was still active by Friday, August 9. When the Sunday Standard called the number, the person on the other end claimed the number belonged to KCB investigations department in Nairobi. He, however, hurriedly disconnected before we could ask him questions. The number remained active yesterday though, but efforts to reach it failed as it was not being picked. The True caller showed it is registered as 'KCB Maseno'. When we called again, the receiver declined to identify himself before disconnecting. The Kisumu West branch official who did not want to be named told the Sunday Standard they are aware of the case, but had referred it to the bank's forensic investigators. "I am not allowed to discuss anything fraud. Kindly call our forensic department in Nairobi," the official said. Mr Omondi, who is recovering from a road accident, however, insisted he was a victim of fraudsters working closely with some bank's staff. Inside job "I want the Banking Fraud unit to investigate how the fraudsters knew I had opened the account and how they got my number. Strangely, these things happened too fast. I had not even received my ATM card by the time the thieves struck," said Mr Omondi. “Those who called asked me to take some documents to the bank and receive my ATM." “I did not engage them in a conversation and the callers kept sending me messages asking me questions and telling me to give them codes that were being sent to the phone,”he said. He says that he did not send the codes and went to the bank after receiving the calls and the numerous texts and wanted to understand why they were calling him, only for him to learn that his account had been emptied.
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