There is a fast becoming popular programme on NTV, a Ugandan television, called Tricksters that airs every Sunday at 7:30pm. The programme has become popular because it dramatises the many scams a clueless Ugandan is likely to fall at the hands of Kampala’s ‘enterprising’ conmen and women.
This blogger’s personal favourite is one where a man in a car sees a drop dead gorgeous woman by the roadside and slows down to offer her a ride. Of course the woman is more than grateful and her prattle during the ride leads the man to begin to hope that maybe, just maybe, he should ask for her number. He could call her sometime.
It is when he reaches her stop that all hell seems to break loose. The woman adamantly refuses to get out of the car until the man pays her. At first the man is amused, then annoyed and pretty soon of course he is outraged! She should be the one paying him for the ride, if anything. But the woman won’t hear of it and to the guy’s shock, she begins is shouting on the top of her voice, attracting attention, “This man is a thief! Bannage, help me, this man does not want to pay me. Did I complain when you wanted to have sex with me?”
Needless to say, if the man is rich enough, has a reputation he cares about, and does not want to be lynched by the growing crowd of passers-by, he empties all the money in his pocket into the woman’s palms.
The same phenomenon seems to be creeping onto Ugandans who are online. This week, the victim being none other than our own diva in the making, Juliana Kanyomozi. Someone has been posing as Juliana Kanyomozi on Facebook. Not content with that, this person or persons has now ‘upped’ their game and is now actively soliciting for money, “Juliana Kanyomozi urgently needs” on her behalf!
In fact, one of her friends on the genuine Juliana Kanyomozi facebook profile goes as far as to reveal, “A friend of mine in fort portal just told me he was chatting with "Juliana" who told him to take money to a friend in Kabarole for her.”
Several people have contacted the ‘real Juliana’ asking her about her financial issues. Consequently, yesterday, Juliana had a running status message on her Facebook account, “HI EVERYONE, IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT THERE IS A GROUP OF UNSCRUPULOUS INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE OPENED UP FACEBOOK PAGES USING MY NAME 'JULIANA KANYOMOZI' AND PICTURES. THEY HAVE GONE AHEAD TO WRITE N SEND MESSAGES TO MY FANS. THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN SOLICITING FOR MONEY CLAIMING THAT 'JULIANA KANYOMOZI' NEEDS IT URGENTLY. PLEASE IGNORE SUCH MESSAGES. THIS IS THE ONLY GENUINE FACEBOOK PAGE IN MY NAME. HAPPY NEW YEAR.”