Thousands of Kenyans with dreams of owning a car have been left penniless and disappointed after deals gone sour
The Japan Embassy to Kenya has issued warning to Kenyans wishing to purchase motor vehicles. The embassy has received heightened complains of ravaged Kenyans losing millions to unscrupulous used motor vehicle exporters.
“The Embassy is overwhelmed by messages of appeal for assistance to recover cash by Kenyans who have fallen victim,” says the official website.
The victims are unlikely to recover their hard earned money owing to legal jurisdiction between the two countries. Japan Embassy says it has previously engaged authorities to prosecute the scammers.
The Japanese law, regards fraud as a civil offence resolved through INTERPOL or by an engagement of legal services.
How car fraudsters prey on suspecting victims
The criminal activities is intertwined by a cobweb by foreigners singularly or in collaboration with Japanese criminals. The scammers use web addresses to lure unsuspecting victims, that way they are not physically located to be traced by authorities.
Once the victim remits money through international transfers, the dealers mute on communication.
The Embassy advised Kenyans to only deal with companies which are members of the Japanese Used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association (JUMVEA) for genuine purchases.
Below are some of the fraudulent listed companies
- Auction House Japan
- Car Hub Japan