Police in Lusaka have arrested MAXWELL MWAMBA, proprietor of a Facebook account “My TV Zambia” on allegations of obtaining money by false pretences amounting over 4 Million kwacha.
MWAMBA, 29, of Acacia park, in Chilanga, is alleged to have obtained 4 Million, 7 Hundred and 98 thousand, 2 hundred and 99 kwacha between 2019 and December,2021.
Police Spokesperson RAE HAMOONGA has confirmed in a statement that it is alleged that the MWAMBA advertised appliances such as televisions, radios and cellphones on the platform.
Mr. HAMOONGA said some members of the public would send money via airtel money and an invoice would be issued but would not receive the item paid for.
He explained that Police working in conjunction with ZICTA recovered Seven sim cards and three cell phones used to scam people.
The Police Spokesperson said that so far 10 dockets have been opened and has appealled to members of the public who may have been swindled to report at Chelston Police station.
The suspect is detained in custody and will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, Police working in conjunction with ZICTA have also manage to apprehend PAUL KAWEWE, 22, of Mtendere East and recovered 19 sim cards from him used for scamming people to a tune of One Million Kwacha.
Mr HAMOONGA said the suspect is in custody facing one count of impersonation and five counts of obtaining money by false pretences.
KAWEWE has since been officially charged and arrested for the subject offences.
And Police has appealed to the general public to be wary of online scammers that have mushroomed on the cyber space due to the increased use of online purchase which has been necessitated by the advert of Covid -19 pandemic.
Mr HAMOONGA urged the public NOT to engage with any online trading platform without conducting a due diligent search on such online trading platform.
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