Kenyans warned of the existence of bogus medics posing as university lectures

Bogus "professors" are presenting themselves as senior lecturers or heads of faculties in Kenyan universities

By The Weekly Vision Team

Kenyans have been warned and urged to be vigilant against a growing trend being employed by bogus “professors” who have hacked academic testimonials online and assumed the same as their own, they use fake titles falsely presenting themselves as senior lecturers or heads of faculties in Kenya universities.

A senior civil servant at the ministry of education (name withheld) told The Weekly Vision in confidence that he had received disturbing reports of people “impersonating” academic scholars and authors and had shared details with cybercrime DCI for appropriate action.

In 2019 one Samuel Mwangi pretended to be an examination officer and defrauded two students at Egerton University of Ksh110, 000 he was later arrested and charged in a Nakuru Court of impersonation and obtaining money through pretence before Nakuru Principal Magistrate Bernard Mararo

He said detectives were on the trail of some of the impostors and that they would soon bring them to book. He further lamented that impostors had not only faked academic papers but also use “briefcase” NGO’s as a vehicle to fleece unsuspecting donors, raking in huge sums of money. The impostors are said to walk around with laptops and use different SIM cards and phones. 

Members of Kakamega Dairy Cooperative lost Sh724, 960 to Dr Geoffrey Walumbe Wanjala who posed as a Masinde Muliro University lecturer and a professional in the agricultural sector. The university revealed they had no record of such a name

In 2019 one Samuel Mwangi pretended to be an examination officer and defrauded two students at Egerton University of Ksh110, 000 he was later arrested and charged in a Nakuru Court of impersonation and obtaining money through pretence before Nakuru Principal Magistrate Bernard Mararo. He allegedly defrauded Levis Kiprop together with another student of the money on diverse dates between March 21 and April 1 of that year at Egerton University in Njoro sub-county.

A while ago 32 farmers, members of the Kakamega Dairy Cooperative lost Sh724, 960 to Dr Geoffrey Walumbe Wanjala who posed as a Masinde Muliro University lecturer and a professional in the agricultural sector. The university revealed they had no record of such a name.

“Our investigations are almost complete”, he said once ready we turn over the same to the DCI cybercrime with whom we have been sharing the details for some time, the official said. The fraudsters employ intricate hacking and forgery systems that are criminal before the law, urging the public to report such cases to the police.

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