The Vihiga County Government has warned the public to be wary of fraudsters out to take advantage of government projects for selfish gains.
Governor Wilber Ottichilo and his Deputy, Patrick Saisi issued the warning in the wake of scammers coining nonexistent County Government programmes with an intention of picking money from the public.
Addressing the press at the County Headquarters, the two leaders cautioned of social media fraudsters who have formed fake face book accounts alleged to be that of Governor Wilber Ottichilo which they are using to collect money from the public.
“I want the public to be cautious about individuals who have formed fake social media accounts in my name which they are using to con people with a promise of giving them loans. Let me state categorically that there is nothing like Ottichilo loans,” he said.
The two leaders revealed that they have reported the issue to detectives who have commenced investigations and those who are behind the scheme will soon be arrested.
Saisi urged those who have already fallen victims to come out and help security agents with relevant information which will lead to the arrest of the fraudsters.
“We are reliably informed that these fraudsters are asking for close to Sh. 2,000 as facilitation fee from interested parties. If you get such people just know they are conmen out to tarnish the name of the Governor,” said Saisi.
One of the fake ‘Wilber Ottichilo Loans’ face book accounts KNA got in touch with, asked those interested in unsecured easypay loans of between Sh. 10,000 and Sh. 200,000 to submit their details with a facilitation fee of Sh. 398 to the Secretary whose contacts had been attached.
By Isaiah Nayika