Kamiti Call Center Uncensored

Kamiti Call Center Uncensored

If I were to buy calculators and school boxes, I would have bought many. At least I receive the message that my daughter or son in school has lost their personal effects and that I should send some money to one Mr. Mbugua for the replacements.

Other times I receive those written Mpesa text messages that someone has sent money by mistake to me and that I should refund it. These messages are as random as they come up to the extent of ending up in my lines not registered with Mpesa. I am often left without words to tell these guys when they call to ask for the refunds.

In other instances, I receive love requests from this Mzungu ‘bae’ working with an NGO in Turkana or Lodwar who has never seen me but fell in love with me osmotically. They wouldn’t text and want us to converse of course which I never do. Beginning the conversation is akin to giving in to the temptation of tasting meat when you know far too well that you might end up eating all the meat in the pot.

I am wondering if some real ones text me unawares and if maybe I have lost my chances of getting my soulmate along the way. But far from it. If the story of David Tett is anything to go by, then I could have ended up being scammed on even abstract things like love.

David who was featured in one of the media stories on the Kamiti call centers speaks fluently and with an American accent that can easily confuse you to believe that it is a real mzungu. I am sure he has ‘stolen’ a lot of love from the girls who fell for him.

Back in my young days, I almost fell for the ‘Mzungu’ guy who hit Masai animals along the Narok stretch and was on the verge of being beaten by the warriors unless he gives them money. Loaded with dollars although not in physical currency, the guy looking for people with Kenyan money to bail him out then later get a refund after he exchanged his dollars had caught many unawares.

He was caught recently and if you think the story is over, wait till another one gets sewed up. The stories are as new to the first-timers as they sounded to us back in the day. So, the random texts these scammers sent and the calls they make often result in success.

Back to the Kamiti call centers. Imagine the call center that the service providers have and the big workforce to keep their customers well-served and then figure an equivalent, although not to equal scale at a prison.

I make it sound trivial when I call it a prison. Now figure it a notch higher, a maximum prison on this case. Does it sound like a scene pulled down from a soap opera? Such a thing cannot happen by chance and now let it be known to you that it happens in collaboration with those who are supposed to ensure that such things don’t happen in the first place.

The perpetrator and the enforcer now become friends of kit and kin and we see such scamming on an unimaginable scale. Where is the man at the top of the chain supposed to empower the juniors to ensure that phones don’t get into the prisons? He is there but he decides to look the other way.

There is no better place where the see-hear-speak no evil works so well than in cases like the Kamiti call centers. The scale of the scamming means that the whole is broken and I don’t think there is any explanation that can convince the citizenry that enough is being done.

It simply comes out that the whole chain is working in unity and on purpose towards this cause. Kamiti call center is just but the icing on the cake. There are as many of those in other prisons as well and out here than you may think. Why? Because genius is never short of ingenuity.

Be on the watch not fall into these scammers’ hands.

Geoffrey Ndege

Geoffrey Ndege

Geoffrey Ndege is the Editor and topical contributor for the Daily Focus. He writes in the areas of Science, Politics, Policy, Technology, Current Affairs, Opinion, Agriculture, Energy, Education, Entrepreneurship, Governance, International Emerging Issues, Society, and culture. For featuring, promotions or support write to us at dailyfocus9@gmail.com
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