Watch out for conmen, Kebs warns public

26 Jul 2016 | by
Watch out for conmen, Kebs warns public

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), has issued an alert on conmen masquerading as its market surveillance officials and conning members of the public.


Issuing the alert, KEBS Managing Director, Charles Ongwae, said the conmen are masquerading as KEBS officials and are visiting retail outlets and industries to carry out inspection, thereafter soliciting for bribes.


According to Ongwae, the said perpetrators are demanding bribes from unsuspecting traders when they find goods that do not have KEBS Standardization Marks especially the Import Standardization Mark (ISM).


“We wish to inform members of the public that KEBS is a public agency and our staff do not harass any person(s) during their routine compliance inspections in the market place,” said the MD.


All KEBS employees are required at all times, to identify themselves using the KEBS ID and national identification document, before commencement of any inspections. 


If in doubt, added Ongwae, one can verify the information provided by the staff using the SMS platform by sending a short message to 20023 as follows: - HR#Staff Number. The KEBS’ SMS platform also supplements the effort of identifying illegal use of all KEBS quality marks through public participation using mobile phones via the SMS services. 


Ongwae called upon all manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesalers and retailers to deal in products/ goods that comply with Kenya Standards as this would significantly mitigate fraudsters from taking advantage.


Ongwae, called upon members of the public, to report any cases of harassment by the purported KEBS’ officials to the nearest police station, or to KEBS by calling the TOLL FREE line on 0800221350.

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