How Moi University students fell for a conman's trap

A number of students in Moi University main campus are in tears after landing on the hands of con men who claimed to be the stakeholders of Childcare International.

Steve Nyang’au who claimed to be the human resource manager, managed to sneak a notice to the university’s notice board advertising the non-existent job to the thirsty-for-job students.

The notice was posted to all notice boards in school of arts and social sciences attracting the highest population of Moi University undergraduate students.

In their notice, the con men outlined to offer well-paying part time jobs, internships and attachment positions for the interested graduates and undergraduates.

They went on and made it more existent by asking the interested students to send their CVs and any other credentials to before 10th November 2016 and that the successful applicants shall be posted latter in Cheptitret, Tulwet, Racecourse and Kesses areas.

Furthermore, in their notice they promised to pay 15,000 to 45,000 and accommodation services depending on the assigned role and nature of employment.

Soon after the affected students applied, they received an email notification from the above mentioned email address that they (con men) are glad to inform them that they have received their applications and hence have qualified for the applied positions.

This was part of the email message

“Dear Applicant!

I am glad to inform you that we received a receipt of your application and you sufficiently qualified to work with Childcare International based on your impressive academic profile...

Currently, we are on a mission to establish our branches and operate in Kesses Constituency- Racecource, Cheptiret, Tulwet and other areas around Moi University (Main Campus) according to our new donor conditions. Our new staff shall be posted in these areas. We shall be putting up our new branches in these areas in due course...

In respect to the job advertised, we shall not carry out an interview but instead, we will provide a comprehensive one-day training on 13th November 2016 (Sunday) as from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Training shall be conducted in Moi University (Main Campus),The specific Hall shall be communicated on 12th Nov. 2016 (Saturday) evening…

As a requirement, every staff must possess a staff Identification card and pay for the training expenses. Your details for Card processing including passport size photos shall be taken on the training day.

a) Staff identification card.............Ksh. 450

b) Training fee...............................Ksh. 300

Total..........................................Ksh. 750.

Hence you are required to pay KES.750 before 12:00 Noon of 12th November 2016 (Saturday) for meeting all relevant costs.

This fee must be paid earlier to allow adequate preparation in terms of early payment for your Staff ID processing and payments to trainers.

You are required to bring your money physically to our office in Kakamega or send your fee to 0706 541 071 (FRANCIS K. NJOROGE- Supervisor).

Passport size photos shall be taken free of charge on training day (For purposes of staff ID). Do not carry them.


a) You will only be accepted for training if you meet this deadline.

b) If you send your fee using other phone number apart from yours, ensure you also send your full name to the above number after the transaction…

Failure to meet any of these requirements may lead to automatic disqualification…



Steve Nyang'au,

D/HR Manager, Childcare International, Kenya.

.....we are dedicated to the service of humanity...........”

After receiving the above promising but deceiving message, affected students accepted the deal giving an assumption that if the notice was brought to university’s notice board then it must be something genuine.

Most students called their parents to inform them about the job asking for the amount (KSH750) to be paid before 12th November 2016 noon which was the last time Francis Njoroge (0706541071) whose name appears in the Mpesa statements switched off his phone to date the source disclosed.

“The person has been off since he received our money through Mpesa”.

Today was scheduled for training but unfortunately “Safaricom’s mteja wa nambari” is all what the affected students can hear from them.

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