Nairobi-based lawyer Steve Ogolla caused a stir on social media on Sunday after he claimed that he was conned out of KSh500,000 by a woman he met on Facebook.
In a Facebook post, Ogolla said he had never met the lady who identified herself on Facebook as Dorcas Sarkozy and the two dated online for a while. He explained that the woman claimed she would use the money to ‘organize their wedding’ but she blocked him after he sent half a million shillings.
“I was in a fake relationship with this ‘lady’ and she conned me in excess of 500K, planned a fake wedding and nearly drove me to suicide,” wrote Ogolla.
Further to this, Ogolla alleged that the woman kept on blackmailing him by sharing their private conversations each time he tried to expose her.
“I reported to authorities but she came back and blackmailed me by sharing my private love WhatsApp chats with her to third parties,” Ogolla adds.
Kenyans on Twitter however wonder how gullible an attorney like Ogolla can be to fall for such cheap con scheme, terming his story a hoax. Others however believe his story, saying it can happen to anyone.
@NelsonHavi tweets: “What is this I am hearing? That Steve Ogolla has paid dowry for the daughter of Nicolas Sarkozy and Akothe!”
@CharleeOddie1 says: “City Lawyer Steve Ogolla says he sent Dorcas Sarkozy over 500k for their wedding preparations, the two only communicated on social media and never met. Dorcas, who is a man, disappeared with the money.. the lawyer is in tears 😭😭.”
@BravinYuri writes: “I am weeping for our Friend Steve Ogolla. If 'It will end in Tears' was a person then Steve Ogolla is definitely the person.😂 Pakasmak ilimwonyesha jiji.”
@pinngponng says: “Enough with sudi, mudavadi and tuju for a second, get this Steve Ogolla a lawyer, met a woman on Facebook, fell in love, sent her 500K to plan a wedding without ever seeing her in real life? IF KUKULA FARE WAS A COMPETITION,THIS WOMAN HAS BROKEN THE RECORD!!!”
@EngnrDan notes: “Some people are using this Steve Ogolla saga to hit lawyers with truth: Ati wale mnasema wakili is learned you are confusing cramming power ya CRE na history with intelligence!"