Sunday, August 12, 2018

Mobile money fraudsters knock on minister’s door

Minister Isaack Kamwelwe speaking in the past

Minister Isaack Kamwelwe speaking in the past event. Photo File. 

By Frank Kimboy @TheCitizentz

Dar es Salaam. If you thought that only ordinary people get exposed to conmen via mobile money services, then you are wrong.

Now hear this, Mr Isaack Kamwelwe, who is the minister in charge of the Communication docket, nearly became the victim to the swindlers’ craft.

“Despite the warning issued by Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and the fact that over 10 people are being held for allegedly attempting to swindle money through mobile money services, I recently received a message, which wanted me to send money to the number,” said Mr Kamwelwe.

The minister said the message read, “Please send the money to this number because my phone isn’t functioning.”

He revealed this as he launched Huwawei’s Information Communication Services (ICT) company, Tanzania for talents cultivation and development programme yesterday.

Mr Kamwelwe advised people with ICT skills to put them to better use to help the country achieve its goal of an industrialised economy come 2025 instead of conning people.

“ICT is vital, it should not be used otherwise as this will derail our efforts,