Mobile Money fraud has hit worrying levels during the lock-down period according to Police.
Police spokesperson Fred Enang reports that the institute has registered a sharp increase in cyber crime, specifically in mobile money.
“A lot of people are using all ways to get from innocent Ugandans. Many have got access to their identifications, which enables them to hack into people’s account profiles, and subsequently get into their accounts” Enang told this website in a telephone interview.
This also comes at the heel a warning issued by the Uganda Communication Commission to the general public about fraud stars taking advantage of the period to make a kill at the unsuspecting customers.
The commission’s warning follows a complaint by the telecoms companies about the same vice on the high.
In a statement, UCC noted that “scammers are tricking users into sharing their mobile money pin numbers by posturing as though they work with the Commission. These politely ask their prey to use their personal codes to register in a fake check before their SIM cards are disconnected”.
The Commission notes that several users have lost huge sums of money, especially during the lock-down period, because many subscribers are using digital platforms as a solution to restricted movement.
MTN’s senior brand manager Martin Sebuliba says these reports are common, but calls on the subscribers to be more vigilant at this time.
“When it comes to that kind of fraud, it is always there but it seems to have intensified during this lockdown. We try to sensitize our customers not to fall for such scams.”
Sebuliba notes that the telecom intends to increase sensitization and communication to the public to curb the vice.
He added: “When a conman does not have your pin number, there is nothing they can do with your account… the whole solution is that customers should never share their pin number.”
Telecom services were categorized under essential services deemed critical by government amid the Corona Virus Country-wide lock-down.
This restricted mobility in the country has facilitated the increase of mobile money usage for business and personal transactions.