CYBER CRIMES ON THE RISE AMIDST CORONA VIRUS

Written by on April 7, 2020

The Zambia Police Service has seen an increase in Cyber related financial crimes where fraudsters have taken advantage of increased online financial transaction services during this period of COVID–19 and are swindling unsuspecting members of the public.

Esther Katongo, the Zambia Police Spokesperson says in the past three weeks, 56 reports were recorded in which people have been swindled out of various amounts of money, the highest being 21 thousand Kwacha.

Mrs Katongo said some fraudsters are calling unsuspecting members of the public pretending to be officials from some Banks asking for Bank details such as Tax Payers Identification Numbers and National Registration Card numbers.

And Mrs Katongo adds that others are pretending to be officials from Banks and are calling people deceiving them that their respective Banks are running promotions where they are requested to deposit certain amounts of money via mobile money.

She has therefore advised members of the public to always verify any information, requests or promotions with financial institutions before committing themselves to any online transaction.


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