How I was nearly conned Ksh 225,000, Be-ware of this guy called SAM, Details of his con-tricks

It all started last week on Friday. A man walked into my shop in town and asked my shop attendant whether we can give him wholesale prices for handbags.(And ladies, you can walk into Shop number D81 in Dubai Merchant Mall, after Bestlady along Ronald Ngala street. We sell some of the best handbags in town at the most affordable prices) The Attendant told him of course we can.

 The guy left his contacts for me to call him after the weekend in order for us to finalize on the prices. On Monday he called the Girl and she duly notified me to take the matter with the customer. I call Sam. He has boutiques in Nakuru, Eldoret and Kitale. He wants 500-600 bags! Those are many bags and I start feeling funny. But why not? I believe in miracles and Christmas might be coming early this year. I slice a whopping Kshs. 800/= off every kind of bag we sell. We close the deal and he asks me if I can supply and I confirm.

 I give him the business account number and he confirms that he would transact the following day. I even offer to deliver the bags to Nakuru which he declines, saying that there is a vehicle coming to town the same day and there is no need for me to. That sounds funny, and as a businessman, I know that few people would decline such an offer when it comes at no extra cost.

He however clarifies that he will only take 150 handbags for a start. Which is still okay. Then it happened. At 6:30 pm the same day, he calls me asking me to check my whatsapp. He has transferred Kshs. 225,000/= to my account. Could I please confirm. I was still at the shop. I check. I have worked in a bank for some time now. The receipt looks a little weird. And why did he have to transact late in the day when we had agreed to do it in the morning of the following day?

I am now on high alert. But he is calling me incessantly. I don't bulge. I call someone in my bank to confirm if there's money on my account. She tells me that contrary to what the banking slip shows, it is a cheque deposit. And she cautions me, KCB doesn't have any Branch like Nakuru West. Everything falls into place. He transacted late, puts pressure on me to release the goods the same day, and then the following day his Cheque bounces.
 And then I would be left to lick my wounds. After I tell him that my Relationship Manager had confirmed that it was not cash but a cheque deposit which will have to wait for clearance, he stopped calling. He is using 0739250160/0733349475. 

 Please be extra alert and careful. Someone is waking up everyday planning how to con you!

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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