So, I got Safaricom Sambaza airtime of 1,000bob and I looked around if I needed to use it or convert it to some cash. I already have internet/calls/sms sorted until Nov 6, 2020. I decided to convert it to cash.
Searched on Google and two top sites showed up
1. Tyraweb - http://www.tyraweb.co.ke/bulksms/airtime-to-mpesa and
2. DBS Kenya - https://dbskenya.com/airtime-to-mpesa-airtime-for-cash/
DBS Kenya offered 70% cashback while Tyraweb offered 80% cashback.
I decided to go with Tyraweb since it offers a higher percentage. Checked the site for other products and saw that they offer Bulk SMS as a primary service. Tried to look around for negative reviews couldn’t find any.
So, I decided to convert the airtime. They promise a 10-minute turnaround time. So, I sambazad the airtime, 1,000bob. That was around 8.30AM
Waited for 30 minutes no response. Decided to make a follow up. Tried to call the number they tell you to sambaza airtime, it’s mteja.
Checked their website/social media pages for contacts and tried to call another number too. It’s offline.
I decided to text the numbers and keep checking for delivery notifications and try to call.
The line that I sambazad airtime was turned on at around 2:40PM - delivery timestamp for the SMS was 2:41PM.
Tried to call the number is offline. Sent follow up SMSs. The messages have been delivered at around 4.30PM and the line went back offline again.
Here are the numbers
- 0729 448966 ~ The one I sent airtime.
- 0716264465 ~ on their Facebook page.
Now that it’s clear I have been scammed by http://tyraweb.co.ke, which reliable services do you use to swap airtime for mpesa/cash?
UPDATE: Just managed to find two tweets calling them out for being a scam.
And another one here: