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Woman nabbed over fraud

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JAMES KADADZERA

Police in Blantyre have arrested a 29-year-old woman, Edina Saopa, for allegedly stealing K234,652 belonging to Ian Namboya of Matanya Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkanda in Mulanje, by hacking his account.

Blantyre Police Station deputy Public Relations Officer, Kelvin Nyirenda, said the matter was reported on May 12 by the victim who works as a procurement officer at a construction firm.

Apparently, the suspect acquired bank details of Namboya and made several withdrawals from the account using mobile money services.

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Nyirenda said after receiving the complaint, detectives from Blantyre Police Station managed to arrest Saopa who hails from Mlonyeni Village, T/A Mlonyeni in Mchinji District.

She is reported to have admitted to having committed the offence and disclosed that the mastermind of the syndicate is 39-year-old Subiri Yusuf of Kamwendo Village, T/A Zulu in the same district.

“Yusuf is serving a life sentence at Zomba Maximum Prison for murder. He was conniving with Saopa who is a mobile money agent and she was getting a commission in return.

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“After a thorough search at Saoba’s house, police recovered 10 national identity cards and eight sim cards belonging to different people,” Nyirenda said.

He added that Saopa will be taken to court soon to answer relevant charges as stipulated in the Electronic Transactions and Cyber Security Act.

Reports have been rife that some convicts— currently in prison— connive with individuals outside the correctional facilities to defraud unsuspecting bank account holders using various forms of digital transactions.

Meanwhile, National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, has warned people against disclosing their bank account details to anyone, especially if they do not know the person.

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