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February 27, 2020 - 14:35
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Patel Autocom Motors Accused of Conning Kenyans

A client who has engaged with Patel Autocom Motors narrates how they were conned below:

Owning/buying a car is not easy neither is it hard. But whatever you have to do to get one, please make sure not to land yourself in the hands of PATEL AUTOCOM MOTORS. A friend was robbed Ksh150,000.

The company comes with the sweetest sales language and promise to deliver the car for you, for example, at CAPITAL CENTER. They promise a lot of things such as free tinting, Full tank fuel, service for first 5000 kilometers, side mirror cabling, riveting, chrome number plate, car identity, car alarm, safety triangles, tow rope, hand fire extinguisher, etc.

They dupe you into depositing a small amount and the rest to be paid in installments. Once you pay, they will give you numerous calls telling you how far they are in as far as car delivery is concerned. That’s where the con is.

They will promise you a particular hour, once that hour fast approaches, they will pull down their Facebook page, pull down their website, block your number and finally switch off their phones.

Later on, once they realize you’ve given up on following them, they will put up the Facebook page and the website again. Raising the alarm on their page will not help. To cover their tracks, they will filter the comments and remove any alarming ones.

We at cnyakundi.com are sharing this information so that you do no fall victim to this scam.

Be very vigilant when conducting business in this ‘shamba la mawe’

The two employees of the fake company who are notorious go by the name and numbers below: They masquerade themselves in the names of Chacha (+254736635709) and Swaleh (+254737413800).

Below is a screenshot of their Facebook page:

Cases of Car dealership cons

These are how the car sales conmen pull it off:

  1. They tell potential buyers that they are the car owners but have handed it over to the bazaar to be sold. Proof of ownership is the fake logbook.
  2. Often, these conmen rent temporary offices in town where they conduct their business

“The offices are usually well furnished and the sellers well dressed to give an impression of well-to-do individuals,”

  1. Keen to make a saving, the unsuspecting potential buyers will inevitably fall into the trap of the fake owner. “The deal is then secretly concluded behind our backs,”
  2. Most of these transactions involve cash and no witnesses.
  3. With the transaction done, the “buyers” are instructed to collect their cars from the bazaars. As the client steps out of the door, the con artists discard their SIM cards, lock their offices and disappear.

Buyer beware



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