Beware of Ndarugo building stones conmen

Unsuspecting Kenyans are losing their hard earned money to a syndicate of conmen plying their fleecing schemes at Ndarugu building stones quarries in Juja.

The cons masquerade as quarry employees or owners.
Tens of enthusiastic home builders have been deceived in elaborate schemes where they end up paying money to the cons right at the sites of the stones.

Many of these fraud cases have been reported in nearby police station with the two that happened on September 12 being reported at Juja police station.

Already, the directorate of criminal investigations have launched a probe to nab the cartel, with officers privy to it saying the conmen’s days are numbered.

In the first case, Samson* was conned of Sh11,500 by the cons who pretended they would sell the rejects of the stones to him.

Apparently, accompanied by two friends they had visited the quarry in a lorry they had come with from Mwea and bought the stones at the office as normal.

However as the stones were being loaded onto the vehicle, a man who pretended to be a senior employee at the quarry told Samson he could sell him the rejects at a good price.

They sealed the deal quickly with the man even filling in delivery forms and having Samson sign it and he paid the man Sh11,500 through MPESA.

But when he hired a lorry to pick up the rejects, he was shocked to learn he had been conned.

On the same day, Ken* from Nyeri accompanied by a friend alighted at Juja town where some young men posing as drivers competed to land the job of transporting the stones for him.

After avoiding several of them, he finally entered into a deal with a young man who claimed to be driver and even offered his turn boy to take Ken around to compare the prices in various quarries.

This purported driver used mobile phone number 0724236575 and is registered on MPESA as Simon Thendu Nyambura.
“The turn boy was a young man probably in his mid-20s with singly hair and wearing track suits. He was talkative and sounded knowledgeable on quarry matters,” Ken described him.

Before they left the first quarry, the turn boy beckoned a man they called Njoro who appeared busy inspecting a tractor.

After bargaining for a short time, the man who had initially said he sells a piece of Ndarugu stone at Sh22 agreed to sell at Sh20 and then left them.

The turn boy took them to other nearby quarries but none had good stones like the first one.

On returning back, they found Njoro with some men masquerading as mechanics inspecting the tractor and even before Ken could pay another lorry appeared, a man jumped out and Njoro wrote him a delivery.

It was Ken’s turn and convinced MPESA is safe because it can be tracked, he sent Sh30,250 to the number 0723108523 registered as Joseph Njoroge.

Njoro proceeded to write him a delivery note and issued both to another man and told him to proceed and have stones loaded onto lorries.

By the time Ken realised he had been conned long after the men had surreptitiously left, Njoro had already withdrawn the money and it was too late for Safaricom to revert the transaction.

His phone then became unreachable while the “driver” who had provided the turn boy refused to answer the call.

And last week unsuspecting Kenyans were combined over Sh200,000 in the same quarries, according to a lorry driver who requested for anonymity.

An elderly man putting up real estate units lost the most after arriving with three lorries and falling prey to the fake managers who quickly conned him Sh72,000.

“As soon as he paid up they disappeared leaving him and his workers attempting to load stones he did not own. He sweat a lot and almost fainted on realising he had been conned," said the driver.

He said the cons target people who are not aware of the how the quarries operate.

Even as police promised to investigate and bring to book the crooks, they urged Kenyans to be careful not to fall into the frauds at quarries.

It also leaves many questions unanswered for instance why cons operate and steal from people at quarries under the very eyes of quarry employees and owners.

The quarries management in a bid to protect the stones buyers have placed several signage warning people to be wary of the conmen but still people get duped out of the money.

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@blueline ebu come ujitetee.

why not get a contractor?

Shiney eyes evil businesses; and watu nyumbani wanajua 'jamaa anafanya kazi nyairofi ’

Hire a transporter you know and have him deliver the stones to your site and then pay him on delivery. It will at most cost you only about 2K more. Hii mambo ya watu kutaka kujifanyia kila kitu ndio huwaletea shida. If you are building a house peasantly at that level ni ya nini?

This has been happening for some time am surprised it coming out now. When I was rookie in construction i bought stones worth @ ksh 14h for @ ksh 21 the quality was the worst you could get i ended up not using them 18k ikakunywa maji. The easiest way to beat this trap is to deal with quarries with a pay bill number and also find a driver you can trust.

@Guru mimi nko na vitu safi safi tu

^^
heeheheheh

Hii hatred yako ni too much. :eek:

Wacha ni report hii ni hate speech itolewe asap.

Nangojea hawa mods waitoe ama niwambumburushe.

Wewe na hio paka kwa avi yako hamna tofauti

@admin kindly do the needful… Deal with
this miserable idiot!!!

I had to pay back 25k Ya client after buying stones at 28bob instead of 16bob, the quality, arrowroots, yaani fundi anaicrush na mkono.
Ndarugo ukizubaa utaona moto. Better hire a transporter you know, coz even if you go to the quarry the stones end up confusing you so much, different layers have tofauti stone quality, brokers nao wako hapo waiting for newbies, the best quarries are on the side of silverstone, left side from nai, go up-to the coffee farms abt 10km. Huko kuna hata CCTV, brokers wamepunguzwa coz wahindi there are very strict

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what surprises me is that almost whole of ndarugo is owned by one Maathai of maathai shpermarkets, yeah the man who bought Kihonge’s house that once collapsed in nairobi on ronald ngara intersection with racecourse road… super rich

"The owner of maathai supa is a Maathai?

nope, a kiuk called by people maathai since i hear that when he was a peasant selling charcoal, kajo hawangemshika alikua anachomoka kama maasai

I thought so. A maina. The other name nimesahau

look at the names of the people involved njoroge ,kamau etc