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Ladies! Watch out for the conman

03 March 2015, 16:03 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - A lonely woman makes for easy pickings for a conman. I am not talking about a conman that just wants your few shillings and savings and goes away. I am talking about a lifetime conman. The one that sucks you in for the first few rounds, a few months later something happens, he is down but you stick with his because the story is legit enough.


You know how we talk about gold diggers and when that word is used, more often than not, it refers to some woman. I looked for the gender part that justifies it being exclusively female and I can safely say I did not see one. So men can also be gold diggers. I am not talking about a different culture but here in Kenya and I am not talking about a sugar mummy type of situation but a normal relationship. In this case, the young lady in question is the hard worker, toiling to make something of herself and making money. The man on the other hand just spotted her and decided it will serve him well to have her in his life for a lifetime.


The scenario plays out like this. She lives abroad and is currently schooling there- for both a degree and a Masters, at the same time while holding two to three jobs. She flies in from time to time to visit. So on this one time visit, she meets Tom* at a high end club. They exchanged numbers and on her next visit he took her to his house in Muthaiga. So on one random visit, he apparently got robbed, a scam, hadi he had to move to South C where she now visited him. On Valentine’s Day he took her to Villa Rosa Kempinski though but let me educate some Kenyan ladies on some common sense.


I have to address this part because even as I was being narrated to the tale, the narrator also a lady did not seem to think that this story was a bit too far-fetched. Kenyan women, do not think that only your fellow women are the only ones that can be devious the men can be too.


Fact No.1 No wealthy man, with a house in Muthaiga can be robbed just one time and it makes him so poor that he has to retrace his roots until he ends up in South C (nothing wrong with South C just that when you put it on a balance with Muthaiga… you get the point). Wealthy men are wise men, they rarely get hooked into scams and if they do get into even one they most assuredly did not spend all their life investment, and also put up the house(s) into that scam. I can safely assume that a. this guy borrowed the house to show off b. he was house sitting or c. he works at that house. His real place was that South C house from the beginning.


Fact No.2 A right thinking man, who is trying to make better investment decisions will not take most of the remaining money and blow it up in one of the most expensive restaurants. He will hope you understand the situation, and settle for something manageable. If you do not then you can go because he has nothing to lose. In this case, this man was still trying to prove something so that he does not lose his big fish.


My girl here is being set up for a lifetime scam and I will most definitely not be the one to tell her no matter how much it itches me. As a person who writes on relationships, I talk very frankly and I do end up stepping on people’s toes, especially female ones. It is even worse when it is a new relationship, far be it from me to be the one that does not want people to be happy.


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