ZICTA says has deactivated 500 SIM cards used for fraud

ZICTA says has deactivated 500 SIM cards used for fraud

The Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) claims that it, in the last 6 months, it has deactivated over 500 sim cards suspected of being used for mobile money scam messages.


ZICTA Manager Consumer Protection and Compliance, Edgar Mulawuzi says investigations revealed that most of the messages were coming from border towns from people who were in possession of pre-registered sim cards. Why border towns???

Speaking to a Radio Phoenix reporter at the ongoing Zambia international trade fair in Ndola, Mr Mulawuzi says this development has prompted the authority to issue directives for implementation by mobile network providers.

He states that one of the measures is to capture live facial photographs during new sim card registrations and sim card replacement effective august 31, 2019.
In the recent past, a cross section of mobile money users were receiving unsolicited text messages of suspected cases of fraud were hoaxers were swindling them of their hard earned money.

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    Fraudsters have discovered that a Zambian can be so sheepish at times. How can an unknown number send a message to deposit money in the account name you have never known and still go ahead to deposit? Extreme low level thinking., need to jackup.

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    Miles Mulenga 3 weeks ago

    Why do they want photos? They already HAVE your photo on the NRC copy they make on registrationa.

    And why from border towns? Because these messages usually are generated on the other side of the border so it will be pretty difficult for ZICTA to ever catch those fraudsters

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    James bond 007 3 weeks ago

    Don’t yu have copies of id’s or NRC’s?

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    Peter 3 weeks ago

    That’s not enough. Those numbets can lead the authorities to the fraudsters so that they get their day in court. Mere de-activation of the phone lines is as good as a slap on the back for committing fraud. Is ZICTA really an organisation worth the taxpayers’ money?

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    richard waga 3 weeks ago

    Why am I blocked on facebook