- In Kenya, like many other countries, fraudulent activities are common and if you are not on the lookout, you could get conned.
- M-PESA scams are pretty common in the country, and scammers would do almost anything to exploit your ignorance and dig money from you.
- The following is a brief guide on all you need to know about the types of M-PESA scams and how to avoid them at all costs.
Types of M-PESA scams in Kenya
"Mistakenly sending you money via M-PESA"
- - In Kenya, fraudsters have a way of manipulating your humanity to their advantage. You may receive a call from a desperate caller begging you to send their money back, which they accidentally sent you.
- First, M-PESA reversal options are available, so NEVER fall for this!
- SMS on your phone - there are two types of scams here: one is an SMS with a coding system similar to the one used by M-PESA. The most conspicuous difference that will prove the SMS is a scam is that the SENDER IS USUALLY A PRIVATE NUMBER.
The second is a message from your so-called son or daughter,
- who supposedly asks you to send money to a certain number belonging to a so-called teacher.
These messages come in very different forms but their purpose still remains to exploit money from you. NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANY UNKNOWN NUMBER!
A call from the so-called Safaricom agents asking for your M-PESA pin.
- Nobody asks for your PIN unless they are scammers. Never give out any information related to your M-PESA account.
- In case of doubts, always forward the message to 333 for a confirmation from Safaricom.