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Students Conned of UGX 800,000Shs

As pupils and students report back to their respective schools to begin the first term of the new academic year, conmen and opportunists are using the chance to con the gullible ones of their money.
As pupils and students report back to their respective schools to begin the first term of the new academic year, conmen and opportunists are using the chance to con the gullible ones of their money.

 

On Monday, two students of Jinja Progressive Academy in Jinja town were conned of over 800,000 shillings meant for school fees by a grifter.

 

Joyce Nantongo, a senior three student and her sister Florence Namukasa in senior six, both students of Jinja progressive Academy lost their school fees, hostel fees and pocket money to the woman who offered to help them bank their money.

 

Nantongo explained that they left their home in Iganga with an intention of banking the school fees in Jinja town before proceeding to school but the long queue in the bank put them off.

 

Since the queue at Stanbic bank was too long, they opted to do some shopping for personal effects and bank the money the following day, Nantongo said.

 

The students said that this was when a woman who claimed she was Maama Sharuwa of Kutch Road in Jinja Municipality offered to help the uniform clad girls with their luggage.

The woman claimed that she had a student named Sumaaya to drop at their school and they could all go together.

 

The students handed over their luggage to the 'kind' stranger, while they proceeded to do their shopping unencumbered.

 

The sisters were shocked to find their luggage dumped by the roadside and the woman nowhere to be seen when they returned from buying their personal effects.

 

Namukasa broke down and her wails attracted a crowd and police. However, some members of the crowd were doubtful of their claims as the girls did not have clear identification documents apart from the uniforms they were wearing.

 

It is to be noted that police often receives distraught pupils and students claiming to have been duped by tricksters at the beginning of each term.

 

The girls were advised to go back to their home and alert their parents. 

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