Almost conned by a Naija on jiji

Yesterday, I posted an ad on Jiji marketplace. I’ve sold a few items on that platform in the past. Last month ninenunua smartphone fulani, only to be gifted a more powerful variant on my birthday. Nikasema instead of owning two phones kama msenge, wacha ni dispose hako kamoja. Nikapiga photos kadhaa nikapost ad.

Leo simu strange ikaingia. Truecaller ikanishow ni nyang’au inaitwa “William Thompson”. First red flag. Jina ni ya mzungu alafu iko generic kama ‘John Doe’.

Kushika, in a heavy naija accent, nugu ikauliza kama smartphone bado iko available. Nikamshow si ndio. He didn’t bother to negotiate. Second red flag.

Akanishow “Can you send a rider to my office? I’m located at Park road hospital” Nikamshow “Why don’t you send your own rider to collect the item?” Nugu ikasema “Bro, everyone knows me in this area. Just have it delivered to my office, I’ll take care of the delivery fee”. Nikamshow “Electronics are very sensitive, it would be wise to send your rider to inspect the item, then you wire the cash once the rider confirms”. Burukenge ikasema “Bro, I have an iPhone 15. I want to buy that phone for my girlfriend, I’m not buying it for my own use.”

For a moment nikaona hii nugu imejisifu sana. He sounded eloquent, but instinct inanishow kuna kitu iko offside na huyu bogi benda. Nikamshow “Let’s do this, I will deliver the phone to you personally then you will pay me a small delivery fee”. Akasema no problem. Mimi huyo kwa Uber chap chap en route Park road hospital kutafuta mzito William Thompson.

Kufika hiyo base, environment ilikuwa dingy viserious! Vumbi, Ma3 zimejazana alafu matakataka kila mahali! Venye alikuwa anabonga niliexpect design za Parklands, riverside ama westie, lakini wapi. Nikamshow “I’m here” Ghassia ikasema “Meet me at the petrol station adjacent. I’m washing my car” Dakika moja nikavuka rodi na kuelekea Shell.

Kufika hapo sioni mzito Thompson. Nikamcol tena “I’ve arrived at Shell” Akanishow “Just a moment I’m on my way”.

Kitu 5 minutes hivi mzito William Thompson akatoklezea. Kuna proverb ingine ya wazungu husema “Never meet your heroes, because you will be disappointed”. Let me tell you Maina, niliboeka yangu yote. Kumaninazake Thompson alikua ameparara kama bladfakken. Envision a typical naija hustler na hizo slippers zao za upuzi. Shenzi ikanishow “Let’s go and finalize the deal at a nearby hotel” Nikaprotest “Let’s finalize in public. Inspect the product, pay me then we can go our separate ways.” Jambazi ikanishow “Trust me, I’m not a thug. I can’t rob you” Nikamshow “Why can’t you inspect the device right here?”.

Kumaninazake akaanza maswali za upuzi ati “Are you Kenyan?” Nikamshow si ndio. Akaniuliza from where? Nikamshow Western. Akasema where in Western? Nikamshow Kach. Akasema where in Kach nikamshow Busia. Nikajiuliza kwani hii ng’ombe inajaribu kuniseti nini?

Nugu ikakagua phone akasema “Okay, let me go to the bank and get the cash. It’s better if you wait for me at the hotel.” Nikamshow ntasubiri tu hapo kwa petrol station. Nikauliza hio ng’ombe “why can’t you send the cash via MPesa?” Umbwa ikasema “I don’t use MPesa.” Nikamshow “Sawa, bring the cash then I will handover the phone to you”. Ghassia ikaishia kwa bank kuleta doh.

That was 8 hours ago.

Bado niko hapa Shell nikimsubiri kama mjinga. Nitawashow hiyo ng’ombe ikifika.

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hehehehehe.

Lioke how you call him a nugu

Nigerians should be deported ama aje @Aka_mpole

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Online selling and buying in Kenya is Russian rollette.

Unaeza jipata in very weird and dangerous situations.

Hio hoteli ungekanyaga, angekupasulia mayai in your rear.

Ungetoka holding ua falling trousers

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  1. Pay on delivery.

  2. Buy directly from their physical shop.

Mimi nikibuy vitu online kama ni viatu huwa zinaletwa, I try them out, and then pay. Alternatively naenda hadi shop yao nabuy hapo kama ni kitu like a laptop juu most sellers have shops in town or Westlands anyway.

The trick is to weed out potential conmen. If the buyer is not willing to collect the item, or send a rider to do it on his behalf, most likely you’re dealing with a fraud. I’ve come to learn serious buyers never hesitate to pick up the item.

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Nice. Personally I don’t operate a physical shop. Buyers usually come to collect the item from my residence or send a delivery guy to collect on their behalf. Hii ya leo ilikuwa trial. Nimechoma ngiri moja kwa transport. Never again.

Huo naija chances is working with pharmacy and motokubwa.

Jiji ni one big chokosh ghetto, alafu I’d personally never do business with Naijos especially the ones you meet online, you can never be sure which tricks they have up their sleeves!

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Or mamako , Ile soap unaosha mcoondur nayo hapo kwa kennel ya mamako unafikiria ni ya umalaya Tu ?

Nimenunua a bunch of items on jiji…no issues howsoever

If you had already agreed on price why didn’t the guy have the cash with him instead of going to the bank.kuna so many red flags from your narration but ni poa simu haikuenda bure

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Pole. I think when dealing with Jiji you need to have your guard up all the time, and personal Items buda make sure you sign any form of agreement na IDs exchanged. Hiyo jamaa angekupatia cash ufurahi then he goes commits crime, DCI wapate simu, you will spend 15yrs in kamiti NGOs zikipigania kesi yako. Chunga sana. I personally keep my old phones in a box. Hiyo Russian roulette ya kuuza, not worth it. Kuna jamaa alikula 8yrs because of kuuza laptop hivyo tu.

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Always true all the time.

The rule of thumb is, don’t do business with Nigerians regardless of how lucrative prospects are…otherwise apply Vaseline to your diab.

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