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1. Posted by Andrene1 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 6 Feb '10 13:23

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Hi,

just a short story...we went through Africa in our own 4x4. We crossed into Kenya through Ethiopia's Omo Valley. There are no fuel stations and eventually we ran out of diesel....iin Baragoi, ca. 1 1/2 hrs from Maralal. We met Richard Loowa (aka "Big Fish") who was a priest and apparently a nice guy. He helped us chasing up diesel there. I walked through town with him while Andrea watched the car. We paid double the price and gave Richard a little for his efforts. As he was a nice guy we exchanged contacts. Well, now, a year later it all started - 50x calling a day, perverted messages in which he harasses and insults my partner Andrea, he even sent disgusting naked photos to her. He tries to blackmail us, said he wants 10.000 USD and would quit calling. Absolute terror! What we do now is picking up the phone and try to drain his credit...but he keeps calling, that has been going on for 4 weeks now. So everyone, be careful if ever you meet a Turkana guy named Richard Loowa or Big Fish. You will find him in Maralal or Baragoi. He is a disgusting ******!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers

Rene

2. Posted by agwataks (Budding Member, 7 posts) 7 Feb '10 00:35

Oh my lord!....why don't you get the local Kenyan tourist police on him. Seems to me you promised him some payment because it does not make any sense for someone to do this. Where did he get naked pictures from?. That sounds very sad indeed and considering the way it is expensive calling from Kenya.

Why don't you listen to his side of the story, get to know what the heck is up with him and then if he does not stop get the Kenyan tourist police. They will hunt him down and shut him up. And they wont be doing it with happy faces, they can get really crude!

But before that, just listen to him and hear whats his cry.

Herman

3. Posted by Andrene1 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 7 Feb '10 01:11

I think you misunderstand or are a bit naive! Listen to what story? For his help we paid him 350 instead of 250 KSh, so the story was finished and over with. He probably just sees a chance of blackmailing someone for money. And that's why he is getting on our nerves. I don't wanna talk to him or anything, wouldn't even touch this -beep- with a stick! He is a -snip-, who is doing this on full purpose, believe you me! There is no need for a "what's-on-the-poor-guy's-mind" approach. And he seems to have enough money to spend a fortune in credits. So what do you even think about worrying if it's expensive or not!!! He is a pervert! I could post all his messages in the forum here, but think, the hosts would block it!!! I just want to show the forum what you could expect from such people! (No, I have met very nice ones as well, they are mainly from Sudan though, I had bad experience with greed in Kenya 3 times...but that is normal in a touristically overrun place!!!!!)

So, guys, he's not the -snip-!

[ Edit: Removing broad insults. ]

4. Posted by Andrene1 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 7 Feb '10 01:58

Now we have been out for breakfast...when coming back we had 30 (!!!) missed calls - within 25 minutes! This guy is an absolute psychopath! A normal person wouldn't do that! Especially, when a woman's partner (me!) tells him off. Would you harass the wife of another man, if you were a normal human being?????

5. Posted by razu (Budding Member, 8 posts) 7 Feb '10 10:09

just a thought -

you might wanna talk to your operator and block all his calls - seems like the sensible thing to do. that or change your phone number :p since the phone companies can filter calls, it wouldn't be a problem proving this guy's harassing you

good luck

6. Posted by joeruks (Budding Member, 3 posts) 8 Feb '10 16:29

That sounds sad.........the best thing to do is to write to the Kenyan service provider, (either safaricom, zain or yu networks) with all the details (just in case you dont know the operator then you can post his number here and you will be assisted to identify. All the kenyan service providers will trace the calls and even the messages sent to you and will block his calls and black list him. The good news is that any person buying a line in Kenya must give all of his details which are in his identification card and he will not be able to disturb you again. I hope all the service providers have implemented it. No need for changing your number.

Joe

7. Posted by Ofumbi (Budding Member, 3 posts) 1 Mar '10 01:16

Its simple. call your embassy in Kenya. he wont survive more than a day without arrest. Trying to freak a tourist, wow that guy has gutz.
Uganda is cool . I dug inside out everywhere

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3532 posts) 1 Mar '10 01:33

Surely it's easy enough to speak to your mobile service provider and get his number blocked. I'm surprised you let it go on so long without doing that to be honest!

9. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member, 560 posts) 1 Mar '10 05:11

I get the feeling this isn't the whole story. But the answer's simple. Get a new sim card.

edit: Lesson for the future. Buy a cheap (disposable) mobile for traveling. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Mar-2010, at 05:13 by fabyomama ]

10. Posted by Andrene1 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 3 Mar '10 13:58

It's nice that everybody here is so clever! A new simcard if we have had this number for 12 years and it's a contract?

We contacted safaricom, they have given him a warning, he stopped calling for 5 day, then went on again...they can't block him without his consent or police report...but police doesn't answer! So what?

The whole story? Explain pls!

I just warned that's all...but many of you seem to be clever enough to be less naive then we have been! ;)