You have just finished your KCSE exams. Four years of your life have been evaluated in just three weeks. You find yourself quite broke but you are comforted by the fact that you can now wake up after the sun has risen. Hmm, I should get me a job or something before I join campus, you think to yourself. You phone that uncle of yours that always kept telling you to look for him as soon as you were done with your exams. He owns an Insurance firm and he can get you something to keep you busy in exchange for a small stipend. He is happy to hear from you. You ask about your cousins and your aunt. They are all fine. Then he proceeds to break your heart. ‘The economy is not doing very well, as you can see on the news. But you do this, join campus and let me know when you go for long holiday ama when you need to go for attachment, sawa?’
You join campus. Time flies and it’s now time for your first long holiday. You ring your uncle, again. ‘The economy has not improved, in fact, it has become worse. Do this, finish school and once you have a certificate, I will definitely fix you somewhere.’ You spend your long holiday doing academic writing in your small bedsitter. It pays reasonably well and keeps you occupied. School resumes and before long, you have graduated. Second Class Honours, Upper Division. You are optimistic. Your uncle will be proud of you. He will definitely get you that job. You scan your certificates, transcripts and your resume. You key in your uncle’s email and click on send.
‘Uncle, I sent you the CV, certificate and transcripts like you asked. Did you receive them?’ you ask.
‘Yes, I received the email and forwarded it to the people I know. I will let you know once I receive any feedback’ he responds.
Later that night, you receive a notification from your phone.
‘The email to firstname.lastname@example.org was not delivered. Email address does not exist.’
Thiong’o Kinuthia is your uncle. The words ‘Yes, I received the email and forwarded it to the people I know. I will let you know once I receive any feedback’ ring in your head. That night, you discover two things.
The first one is that the words ‘I will let you know’ are a scam.
The second thing is that the only thing you can be sure of, is your rate on Airtel.
Dial *544# from your airtel line and be sure of great Internet and Voice deals.