Over 500 SIM cards deactivated for mobile money scam messages

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The Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) has revealed that over 500 SIM cards have been deactivated over a period of six months 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.

Speaking to phoenix news 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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