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The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) on Friday warned ladies against falling for online fraudsters who masquerade as successful men based overseas.

This is after detectives based at JKIA were alarmed by the high number of girls who flood the facility to collect gifts that have sent by their online lovers.

According to the DCI, these men often portray themselves as successful businessmen living lavishly but most of them actually operate from Kiambu and Kisumu.

“The fraudsters who masquerade as successful businessmen with their social media timelines teeming with photos of their supposed flashy lifestyles, prey on young ladies whom they promise blissful lives abroad and offer to send them expensive gifts to demonstrate their seriousness.

“In one such instance, a 28-year-old lady met a man online who claimed to be living in Britain. After days of communicating online, the man told the lady that as proof of his undying affection, he had sent her some necklaces made of gold and other assorted jewelry,” tweeted the DCI.

Adding: “She later received a call from a man who identified himself as a customs agent based at JKIA and had received her shipment from abroad. She was asked to pay the landing fee for the package & facilitate its clearance at a total cost of Sh52,000 then go & collect it.

“However, upon arrival at the airport, the supposed agent’s phone, went answered.”

The DCI noted that such cases have been on the rise in recent months and cautioned ladies against such men who might take advantage of them.

In this era of technology, it is no surprise when people meet online and cultivate their love. There are a number of dating sites available where you can connect with someone you like by just swiping right.

Although some have fairy-tale endings, a number of such connections fail to stand the test of time mostly because the parties involved never took time to know each other.

Catfishing is a common occurrence, where someone assumes a fictional online persona. Such people often use fake photos and what they portray is completely different from the situation ‘kwa ground.’