The Directorate of CID and the Joint Intelligence Components of CI, CMI and ISO are aware of the continuous telephone scams by individuals purporting to be officials from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, who make scam phone calls, to public officials making false claims of study abroad they further request for money to update your passport records and process travel documents on a private mobile money number. Others offer bursaries, promotions, job opportunities to relatives with you as a referral etc. After receiving the money, they switch off their phones and even destroy the sim cards. For instance, the telephone scammers are using a landline number +256414673797 to call selected public officials about a course in the UK. After convincing them, they ask them to deposit an agreed amount of money on the mobile phone of Maria (the secretary) on 0776318856.
The fraudsters sometimes do impersonate employees if legitimate mobile network operators, and use the ongoing promotions to dupe genuine clients. They request for their online mobile account credentials, including log-ins, address and bank account details. After defrauding them, the suspects cease contact with the victims.
Therefore, this is a sophisticated scam and we urge the public not to engage with these callers, not to return calls to their fake numbers and NOT to share any personal information with the callers. All MDAs do not request for money to deposit on private mobile money numbers, or request for Bank account details, or other details from staff by phone or SMS. Going forward, if you encounter such claims, immediately contact superiors or your mobile network provider on a number you know to be correct. Once again, do not respond to any calls or texts you receive from telephone scammers.
Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember its okay, if you reject, refuse or ignore request. Only criminals will try to create an urgency or cause you to panic.
The task team investigating the subscriber fraud, will dismantle the network of criminals, who obtain personal information by photocopying extra copies of the National ID and register new sim cards without the knowledge of the owner of the National ID.
We call upon any one victimised by phone scam callers to share information with the National Operations Command Centre on telephone numbers 0707600773 /0776999136 or 0800199699.
CP Enanga Fred
1st August 2022