Life Style
A new con is among us
Publish Date: Feb 02, 2014
A new con is among us
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Mildred Apenyo

Strap on your armour and hide your children for goodness is under attack! But you already knew that. You do live in the world after all. What I am saying is that con men in Kampala have taken the war against goodness to a level that is indecent and unacceptable. Let me explain.

My sister is one of those people who attend all lectures, return every missed call and have not yet lost their religion. She has not a bone of cynicism in her body and last Sunday, that cost her money.

A distraught person rang her, saying they had sent sh1m to her mobile money account. I was in the room at the time apologising for finishing her data bundle, so when I heard her speaking in halting Luganda, I was intrigued.

I will be the first to admit that I am opportunistic. I told her to tell the guy, who called himself Tom Bwire, that she would only give him the money if he bought her an internet bundle. She quickly brushed that suggestion aside. “Mildred, the person was crying! I don’t want this salty money. I must give it back!” I questioned her loyalty. Who would buy her spontaneous lunches and pay for fun sisterly activities? Me! What did I need to make money at that moment? A bundle! Anyway.

The man continued to call and certain things still annoy me from their conversations. He was pushy. He wanted her to leave home immediately to “return” his money.

The sun was blazing and she was in the middle of something, so I told her to text him, saying she would do it later. Get this. He called back whining, asking if she was the same person he had spoken to before. He was basically saying: “Where is the pliable little girl I spoke to earlier? This doesn’t sound like her.” Ugh. I would have said: “Well tough luck. Delicious male tears.” But she simply re-assured him.

All the while, my brothers were dreaming up all the ways that we could spend that money, calculating its worth in video games, shoes and kilogrammes of pork. This did not even scratch my sister’s determination to help this cad.

The second thing that irritates me is that he fooled her. He preyed on her kindness and naivety. He requested that when she got to the mobile money shop she was not to divulge that she had the money on her mobile money account until it was sent. She was already on her way when he made this request.

These conmen call back after the victim has confirmed that they are on their way to a mobile money agent, knowing that they are isolated and have nobody to bounce ideas off.

Not even the mobile money agent could have helped derail this crime as he knows our family and would not think twice when instructed to send money.

Thirdly, this man continued to smugly take her calls even at the point when she was sending him text messages detailing exactly how she hoped that maggots in his latrine would eat his eyeballs out. He just continued asking her to send the balance. We eventually registered the case with the Police and are still wrapping our minds around this con.

The Police describe these people as senior thieves who not usually caught, in turn make most people give up, allowing them to get away with their crimes.

They deserve all of the complicated pains that time is going to place in their paths.

apenyo.com

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Lessons from Africa Journalists’ awards
I have never been one for awards, not very much anyway. I have picked up a few along the way, but it has never really been a big deal....
Wizkid puts on energetic performance at Guinness V.I.P party
Nigerian singer Wizkid put up a vibrant performance at Golf Course Hotel Kampala Wednesday night during the All Black V.I.P event to launch the new pack of Guinness....
Esther Akankwasa fails to show up
Esther Akankwasa, Uganda’s former representative in this year’s edition of Big Brother Africa-Hotshots, failed to return to the country yesterday as expected....
Should you demand back love gifts?
Our ancestors were bold when it came to marriage failure. All the cows paid in bride price had to be refunded. The Banyankole demanded full refund even if the woman had persisted in the marriage for 20 years....
I am in a dilemma, can I marry my ex
I am 37 and divorced. The marriage although initially good ended on a very bad note. I have been alone for six years. Five years ago, I went to a wedding of a friend that happens to come from the same village as my ex-husband....
Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93
Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of a dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday aged 93....
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter