The Ministry of Wildlife and Tourism has warned both local and international tourists of fake online tour agents are targeting to con them.

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The ministry has launched an is an investigation after reports of online con artists who pose as tour agents and then defraud tourists, Nation reports.

A statement signed by the ministry’s Director Public Communications Mulei Muia revealed that cases of fraud on tourists wishing to visit Kenya have been reported.

Mulei said the agents are not registered to run their tour operations.

“Initial findings indicate that these rogue individuals are not licensed tour operators regulated by either TRA (Tourism Regulatory Authority) or the Kenya Association of Tour Operators,” Mr Muia said as quoted by Nation.

The statement further urged tourists to beware of the existence of such conmen, adding that tourists should visit their website to ascertain any information they get.

“Meanwhile, we advise all our potential visitors, both local and international to exercise greater caution as they book their safaris to Kenya online. We encourage them to ascertain any information by contacting TRA through its website [] and social media contacts,” the statement added.

A report emerged two days ago which said conmen were using fake online campaigns which come with goods reviews, thus able to convince tourist to make advance payments before they are abandoned in the country on arrival.