Fraud Alerts July – September 2018

World to Be Hit By Scam-call Epidemic as Phones Barraged with Fake 'Robocalls'

An explosion of fraudulent calls mean people are now conditioned to not answer the phone if they do not now who is calling. Nearly half of all calls to mobile phones next year will be made by scammers, according to new research. So-called robocalls and call spoofing has exploded in recent years, with the number of mobile scam calls rising from 3.7 per cent in 2017 to 29.2 per cent in 2018.


Phone Scam: How Kenyans Are Losing Money

Mobile phones in Kenya are like bank accounts - some people keep all their savings on their phone - and fraudsters are trying to hack into them to steal the money.


Wangiri Calls Continue to Target Aussie Mobile Users

Do you keep getting missed calls from the Central African Republic? If so, there’s a good reason why you should be very wary. If you’re wondering why someone keeps calling you from the Central African Republic, you’re not alone. A number of Aussies have taken to social media recently, curious about the calls from the far-flung land.


RIB Arrests Ugandan National Over Sim Box Fraud

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested Ugandan Nabide Majidu who was allegedly carrying a SIM Box from Kampala to Kigali. The suspects claimed to have received the SIM Box from an unknown Somali from Kampala to hand it over to another yet to be identified person in Kigali/Nyabugogo at Rwf5,000 fee.


Fraudsters Target Villages in Cell Tower Scam

Crooks target villages on the outskirts of the city, claiming to be from a major mobile telecommunications conglomerate and stating that they would be setting up a 4G tower in their village.


UCC Warns Public as Scammers Hit Mobile Money Business

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned the public on the increasing cases of scammers that continue to hit the mobile money business. Mr Ibrahim Bbosa, UCC’s consumer affairs manager in a statement cautioned the public to stay alert as scammers change tricks to defraud the unsuspecting public.


Nigeria: Telecoms Industry Loses $3bn Revenue to 'Sim Box' Fraud - Danbatta

The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, says the telecoms industry recently lost $3 billion revenue to 'SIM box', a trending fraud in the industry.


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