One time I was doing my laundry outside then I heard through a speaker, “liquid screen protector available. It is durable and unbreakable. When you have this screen protector, a car can run over your phone and it won’t break” and I was like, “wait a minute.What?? Even Thor isn’t immune to that.” I thought of the poor people who will buy the product mainly because of that line then later crack it through a mere fall.
Now if you live in Kenya, especially Nairobi, I bet you have heard all sorts of marketing strategies to get you to buy products or even services. Some of them had you rolling yet at some point, you still bought the products. My city, Nairobi, is known for its witty conmen and their sweet tongues. There are all sort of people from different backgrounds trying to make a living. It’s a busy place that’s for sure. Here, you will find all sorts of hustles and startups. I’m really proud of the creativity. The thing is, some businesses are out to run you dry and con the hell out of you.
On a busy day while walking down the streets of what we like to call downtown, you might bump into a small (or sometimes big) crowd gathered round someone who seems to really have their attention. If you are a curious mind, you’d peep to see what the excitement is about. There you will see a man( they are mostly men) talking to the crowd holding notes. If it happens to be a small crowd he will notice your interest and say, “karibu sana, Leo ni siku yako ya kua mshindi. Huku nimefanya watu wakakua ma millionaire” Your heart will skip at the sound of the word millionaire. You’ve wanted to become a millionaire all your life,who doesn’t. So the rules are explained to you, you have to exchange some money in turn for double the value after you win whatever challenge is the theme of the day.
Today the man shows you four poker cards and shuffles them. You have to pick a particular one in order to get lucky and start your journey to becoming a ‘millionaire’. You think to yourself, ” this is a kids game I can easily do this”. You start with a 50 shilling note to check if the odds are on your side and to your excitement, you win yourself another 50 shs after picking the right card. This gets your adrenaline high and you now put 100 shillings, you get 200. You think to yourself, “this is easy.” I don’t know if it’s always the devil or just pure excitement but you now put 1000shs hoping to get 2000. The 1000 shs always never comes back. It must be a trick these guys use or pure bad luck. The thing is, you never stop till you realise you don’t have transport back home. That’s when your mind will jumpstart back into its senses and you’ll realise what this is. Victims always vow never to take part in such activies again..most of them turning their experience into testimonies leaving their audience in awe of their stupidity. It’s always funny hearing it from someone else until it happens to you.
Personally I’ve heard so many con stories I think I’m unable to fall victim to it. But if it happens you’ll be the first to know. I really hope I don’t have to tell the story though.
Have you ever been conned? Please make my day by telling me your story😂.