eric latiff fake journalist scam

A 30-year-old man, Julius Gacheru Wangari (alias Chris), has been arrested in Kiambu County, Kenya, for allegedly impersonating renowned journalists, among them Eric Latiff to scam high-ranking individuals. Wangari reportedly targeted guests who had appeared on Latiff’s popular talk show, “Situation Room,” broadcast on Standard Group’s Spice FM.

Following the shows, Wangari, claiming to be Latiff, would reach out to the guests via text message. Posing as the journalist “stuck in a difficult situation” (Swahili: “kakitu nimekwama mahali”), he’d request financial assistance.

The elaborate scam targeted prominent figures, including a Principal Secretary, a businessman-politician, a KPLC director, and an official with the Mitumba Consortium Association of Kenya. The total amount swindled remains under investigation.

Police recovered crucial evidence, including SIM cards used in the scam, from Wangari during his arrest. These have been sent to the Digital Forensic Laboratory for further analysis. A Nairobi court granted detectives seven days to complete their investigation.

Wangari claims to hold a journalism diploma from a reputable Kenyan institution and prior experience at a religious FM radio station. However, his claims are being verified as part of the ongoing investigation.

This case highlights the growing concern of online impersonation scams targeting high-profile individuals. It serves as a reminder for the public to be cautious of unsolicited messages, even from seemingly familiar sources.

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