11 people behind a syndicate of crimes in which phones , money from people’s mobile money wallets and commercial bank accounts was stolen have been arrested.
Investigative wings have since recovered 15 mobile phones and 25 sim-cards which were believed to have been used in the criminal activities.
Among the suspects arrested behind the series of the criminal activities are three mobile money booth operators , two former employees of ISON, a company contracted by Airtel to manage their call centre services and one other suspect still working for ISON.
Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba said the syndicate was disbanded after security wings received complaints from members of the public
“The National Cyber Security Task Force comprised of Zambia Police Service, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has been receiving complaints from members of the general public where thefts of cell phones had become rampant and complainants were having their money illegally withdrawn from their mobile money wallets and commercial banks,” he said.
Mr Kajoba said this was done after their Personal Identification Number (Pin) codes were interfered by unknown criminals after the phones had been stolen between January and August, this year.
“The National Cyber Security Task Force instituted Investigations and managed to initially apprehend six suspects Ernest Mwewa, aged 21 ,Peter Bwalya aged 28 ,Rodgers Makanya aged 31 ,Fred Banda aged 24years ,Leonard Kasonde aged 28 and Kelvin Zulu aged 28. Further investigations and interrogations led to the apprehension of three mobile money booth operators namely Lawrence Tembo aged 26, Michael Banda aged 25 and Brian Nangala aged 25,” he said.