There has been increase of tricksters who are robbing unsuspecting individuals of money through mobile money services offered by Airtel Malawi Limited and TNM Limited in the country.
According to police deputy spokesperson in Mangochi Amina Tepani Daudi, the suspect was arrested on July 23, 2018 in the district. She says he is expected to appear in court soon to answer an offence of theft contrary to section 278 of the penal code.
Police added that the suspect has been stealing from people across the country using electronic transaction for some time. Daudi revealed that, Bauleni has managed to steal over MK900, 000 from Airtel money agents and individuals using the tricks.
“About 30 people are victims of the scam. The suspect convinced them that they have won a competition among other tricks,” said Daudi.
After a search at his house, police revealed that the suspect has 2 mobile phones, a lot of Airtel simcards as well as a notebook with different contacts of the victims and their airtel money account pin codes which the suspect could use to hack accounts and steal money.
“The Mangochi Airtel branch has confirmed that the serial numbers of the simcards police have recovered from the suspect match with those in the Airtel system,” added Daudi.
The suspect hails from Maida Village in the area of traditional authority Kapichi in Thyolo.
Meanwhile, Malawi Police Service appeals to the public to be vigilant so that they do not fall into the trap of promotions and competitions that do not exist.