Detective have arrested a suspect behind the latest pyramid scheme in Kenya, the Amazon Web Worker scam and found the suspect with sh50 million in a mobile money account linked to her phone.
The suspect was arrested at JKIA on Sunday, 30 May 2021 as she attempted to flee the country.
The scheme which was operated by three accounts where deposits were sent via mobile money.
A leading telecommunications firms in Kenya has also frozen Sh42 million linked to one of the accounts as the government cracked down on the rogue elements.
According to detectives, two people linked to the scam are at large: one Chinese national believed to have fled the country and a Kenyan who is believed to have been the gang’s local agent who facilitated the ponzi scheme.
The well-orchestrated scheme saw Kenyans lured to invest money in Amazon Web Worker, a mobile application that guaranteed a 38% return on their money.
Basic calculations reveal that an investor who deposited Sh100,000 was promised Sh351,000 after 30 days for helping Amazon store owners increase their sales on the global ecommerce website.
What should have raised the red flag is that the App is not affiliated with the international retailer Amazon which lists all its affiliates on its website and the apps are created by Amazon Mobile LLC.
To lure Kenyans, the fraudsters behind the ponzi scheme used the same brand name, tricking many people into thinking they are genuine.
The eager investors were however treated to a rude shock when they realized that the mobile app had been deleted from Google Play Store along with its website and social media pages.
“Amazon is a gone case, I’m in a group and all officials have left and blocked everything. We have been left with nothing,” a user of the platform posted reacting to the shock.