Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has warned people against exchanging National Identity (ID) cards when registering phone Sim cards, saying the practice can have serious legal implications when those who use other people’s cards commit crimes.
Macra Deputy Director [Consumer Affairs] Kelious Mlenga issued the warning Wednesday.
“Some fraudsters and tricksters are on rampage and the problem could be emanating from improper use of mobile phones. Fraudsters and tricksters can be easily tracked down through the information provided during Sim card registration.
“This is why national ID information should always be for personal use. People, especially those in rural areas, should refrain from lending their national IDs to others,” said Mlenga, a lawyer by profession.
The development comes at a time Macra has introduced special programmes in community radio stations through which it is sensitising the listener to the need to safeguard national IDs.
Meanwhile, Northern Region Police deputy spokesperson Cecelia Mfune has said, according to data collected at national level, the Malawi Police Service has registered 150 cases related to mobile phone fraudsters.
“Nine people have, so far, been convicted of offences related to the same ,” she said.