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Scam scam scams galore! +254 703 146407, +254 729 333333, +254 788 484020

There I was eating some nicely boiled sweet potato on a nice Sunday morning when I received a text from
+254 703 146 407.

To wit:
100,000 From
safaricom  Contact
us on (0729333333)
or (0788484020)
NB:Don’t pay
anything for your

Any takers, anyone?

Scammer - 1135

Of course, I have NOT won Ksh 100,000.  And this text is  NOT from Safaricom about one of their promotions.

Beware, folks. Con artists abound here in Kenya.

I know of this old Kikuyu woman (who should have known better) who was scammed out of some Ksh 8,000 from her M-Pesa account because she gave away personal information  (she really should have known better, tsk tsk tsk) to this caller claiming she had won Ksh 100,000 because she had topped up her M-Pesa account. What the promise of some windfall can do, eh?

Don’t be gullible, people!

Oh, in case you’re wondering about M-Pesa, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

“M-Pesa (M for mobile, pesa is Swahili for money) is a mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing service for Safaricom andVodacom, the largest mobile network operators in Kenya and Tanzania. Currently the most developed mobile payment system in the world, M-Pesa allows users with a national ID card or passport to deposit, withdraw, and transfer money easily with a mobile device.”

I must admit, M-Pesa is one pretty cool service. Seriously. It is very convenient. (Except when their system is down, of course.) 😉

Not for the tender-hearted

Are you new to Kenya? Or an old hand?

Excited? Or jaded?

Nairobi newbie or Nairobbery oldie?

Well, here’s the real deal. This blog is about how it really is here in Kenya from an expat’s point of view. This is based on my experiences and from the experiences of other expats who live here, who have lived here, and for better or for worse, will continue to live here. I’ll tell you like it is.

If you’re an expat, tourist or simply a mzungu (white person) looking to rent an apartment, go on a safari, make new friends, shop, or simply know how to deal with everyday life here in Kenya, specifically Nairobi, and you find yourself  bewildered, frustrated, and angry at times, “Get Real, Kenya” hopes to arm you with a little bit of realism.  This place ain’t for the tender-hearted.

As that famous line in the movie “Blood Diamonds” goes, “This is Africa.”