Five suspects have been apprehended in connection with the offences of Theft, Unauthorized Access to Data, Obtaining Money by False Pretences, Making Documents without Authority and Personation.

According to a statement made available to the media, Zambia police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the apprehension was done after investigations by a Joint team comprising of officers from Zambia Police Service and Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA).

Mr. Hamoonga said recently the joint team conducted Investigations in Southern Province on a number of prevailing cybercrime and cash fraud involving mobile money transfer for goods bought through Facebook but never delivered and fake network providers.

He said the team recovered four cell phones, two desk top computers, one Laptop, eight Automated Teller Machines Visa cards, two National Registration Cards and 28 Sim cards. 

He further said Two amongst the five suspects who are employees of Top Image a company contracted to manage Sim replacement in areas where MTN Zambia is not present have been charged and arrested for Theft and Unauthorised Access to Data.

“It is alleged that the two employees of Top Image have been resetting MTN Mobile money wallets pin codes belonging to victims of financial related crimes mostly when cell phones are stolen from members of the public, while another among others is a businessman who has been charged and arrested for Obtaining Money by false presences, Making Documents without Authority and Personation,” he said.

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