Two mobile money fraudsters arrested in Gasabo

On 4 December 2019 at 04:17

Two men said to have been targeting and scamming telecom banking users and agents were arrested on Monday in Kacyiru Sector of Gasabo District.

The arrest of Jean de Dieu Hakizimana, 26, and Alexandre Nduwamungu, 36, came shortly after they defrauded a telecom banking agent in Iriba Village, Kibaza Cell in Kacyiru Sector.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorrette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said that the duo had defrauded the agent of Rwf130, 000.

“On Monday at about 10 pm, Hakizimana and Nduwamungu, who were moving on a motorcycle RA 750X, stopped and withdrew Rwf130, 000 at a Mobile Money agent kiosk in Iriba Village, Kibaza Cell in Kacyiru Sector,” CIP Umutesi said.

“The agent realized few minutes later that the duo had sent a fake withdrawal message and security personnel, who were around intercepted the suspects as they attempted to flee. It later came to light that they had used a SIM-Card which they had also stolen from another Mobile Money user, although there was no money on its account. The motorcycle they were using was impounded to Kacyiru Police station, where the suspects are also detained,” she added.

The spokesperson advised the general public to protect their PIN codes or passwords and urged telecom banking agents to be vigilant and share information on such scammers.

Fraud, deception, obtaining another person’s property by use of false names or qualifications, is punishable with an imprisonment term of two to three years and a fine of between Rwf3 million and Rwf5 million, as stipulated under article 174 of the penal code.