I am a Kenyan who believes that everyone should earn their living honestly. The shocking reality is that there are very many scams in this country being propagated by big companies without dire consequences. During the release of national exams, many of these scams usually come up with promises like ” Send your Index number to this number and you’ll get your results immediately “. In 2009, after our fourth form results were out, I sent my index number but never got the results although some got. Shockingly, my cash was never refunded. This really pained me because 20 shillings was a lot of money at that time . I was duped !!But the fact that I had excelled after calling school erased the pain
These scams are always sponsored by Safaricom and other mobile operators. They should instead be in the forefront protecting their customers from greedy third parties
Now we have another scam which promises to tell you where your Kid has been selected to after the form one selection exercise. This is what the standard reported.
After the exercise is conducted, students will be able to access information regarding which school they have been admitted to by sending their index numbers to 20042. “Students who will have been selected into National Schools will be able to access the information immediately on the day the Ministry launches the exercise on Tuesday. Students who will have been admitted into County Schools will access this information on January 26,” said the ministry in a statement.
Well, I tried to inquire and this is what the fellas told me after sending my cousins index number to 20042 :
Index not found or wrong format , use 11 Digits only. MOE HELP LINE 0719457454
In fact I sent the correct index number. And of course my 25 Shillings were deducted there and then. I have called the helpline thousands of times but I am being told they are busy . The fact that they deducted my cash w/o telling me what I asked for startles me . So am I paying for ” their wrong format ? “ Lol
Assume this happened to 300,000 Kenyans . That will be 300,000 * 25 = 7,500,000. The propagators will smile to the bank and maybe give Safaricom and other mobile operators something small for helping them cone Kenyans.
Safaricom and other mobile operators must ensure that Kenyans are not conned by third parties. We must get value for our monies. It is wrong to allow such scams to steal from us. I know you as a Kenyan has been conned in one way or the other. Your 50 shilligs went missing and Safaricom never cared.
Eh ? I need my 25 Shillings back, that is a demand not a request . Bloody Digital cons.
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