Woman arrested for masquerading as Airbnb host, swindling unsuspecting clients

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 1 Dec, 2023 18:22 | 2 mins read
Woman arrested for masquerading as Airbnb host, swindling unsuspecting clients
Sheila Wakesho Matasa,24, masquerading as Airbnb host arrested. PHOTO/DCI/X

A woman masquerading as an Airbnb proprietor in coastal regions was on Friday, December 1, 2023, arrested in Ruaka, Kiambu County.

In a statement by DCI, the suspect identified as Sheila Wakesho Matasa,24, was nabbed at a bank where she had gone to seek assistance over her frozen accounts.

In a detailed report, DCI said Wakesho had swindled several unsuspecting clients both local and foreign through her various Facebook pages which include -Lifestyle Beachfront AirBnB, Mombasa Raha AirBnB and Shah Tours among others with some having over 10,000 followers.

The sleuths say she would download photos from other legit businesses to dupe her clients.

"After netting her targets who could only reach her online, the quiet suspect with loud deals directed them to channel booking fees to Mpesa Till no. 8981656 or Paybill no. 400200 ACC name: 01100252088001, after which she would vanish leaving them stranded along beaches, bus stations, SGR terminals and airports," DCI stated.

To cover her tracks, Wakesho used multiple subscriber SIM cards registered in different names with stolen ID cards interchangeably.

"The numbers include 0708 901 010, 0799 661 708, 0799 605 774, 0707 920 971, 0742 521 046, 0788 370 306," DCI revealed.

Wakesho's fate was sealed after a client who is a banker sought her identity before making a payment.

"After the foul play, the banker tipped the detectives who swiftly got their feet on her neck."

DCI noted Wakesho remains in police custody as detectives process files for her arraignment in various counties where her crimes have been reported including Nairobi, Kiambu, Kisumu and Mombasa counties.

Some of Wakesho's fake Airbnb Facebook pages. 
PHOTO/DCI/X
Some of Wakesho's fake Airbnb Facebook pages.
PHOTO/DCI/X

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