MOBILE MONEY FRAUDSTERS ON THE LOOSE
Written by Millennium on August 20, 2019
GLORIA KANGWA writes
POLICE in North-Western Province has cautioned members of public to be wary of fraudsters who are robbing agents running mobile money booths.
Provincial commissioner of police Hudson Namachila
said Airtel and MTN mobile money dealers had fallen victims to fraudsters in Solwezi who were robbing agents at various booths.
In a statement Mr Namachila said a woman and a man were already in police custody for registering a fake micro finance nongovernmental organisation (NGO) called Kwashamukwenu which collected up to K23, 300 from unsuspecting members of public
“Two fraudsters came into our town to swindle money from mobile money booths. One is a woman while the other is a man who fortunately is already in our custody. They worked together with another male fraudster who registered a fake micro finance NGO,
“This fake micro finance NGO collected up to K23, 300 from 233 people by charging them K100 per person for membership. They introduced the NGO as one that was supported by the United Nations(UN) to give soft loans to paid up members”, he said.
Mr Namachila said police in the province recorded 11 cases of that nature between January 20 and July 23 involving K29, 406.61 and six persons were already appearing in court.
He explained that the female fraudster who was still at large was being driven Mr Benjamin Bwalya of Kwacha East in Kitwe using a grey Toyota Spacio registration number ADC 6190.
“The suspect’s name is Beauty Mumbi of Mumbwa and Lusaka who is still on the run. It is reported that the mobile money fraudsters either befriend the agents to get a PIN number and transfer money into their own account or send the agent away to steal the cash box or handbag containing money”, he said.
The police commissioner appealed members of public to report Mumbi to nearest police station if seen.