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.
BUT NO ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED.
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.