Police: Read This to Avoid Telephone Scammers in Uganda
You Can Avoid Telephone Scammers by Reading This

Directorate of CID, Joint Intelligence Components of CI, CMI and ISO have urged the public to remain vigilant against scammers who use mobile phones.

The Directorate of CID and the Joint Intelligence Components of CI, CMI and ISO have warned the public to remain cautious of scammers who are using mobile phones to steal from civilians.

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, these individuals purporting to be officials from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, make scam phone calls to public officials making false claims of studying abroad

They further request money to update your passport records and process travel documents on a private mobile money number. 

Others offer bursaries, promotions, job opportunities to relatives with you as a referral etc. After receiving the money, they switch off their phones and even destroy the SIM cards. 

For instance, he said the telephone scammers are using a landline number +256414673797 to call selected public officials about a course in the UK. 

After convincing them, they ask them to deposit an agreed amount of money on the mobile phone of Maria (the secretary) on 0776318856.

“The fraudsters sometimes do impersonate employees of legitimate mobile network operators and use the ongoing promotions to dupe genuine clients. They request their online mobile account credentials, including log-ins, address and bank account details. After defrauding them, the suspects cease contact with the victims.”

Therefore, this is a sophisticated scam,” Enanga urged the public not to engage with these callers, not to return calls to their fake numbers and NOT to share any personal information with the callers. 

He said all mobile companies do not request money to deposit on private mobile money numbers or request Bank account details, or other details from staff by phone or SMS. 

“Going forward, if you encounter such claims, immediately contact superiors or your mobile network provider on a number you know to be correct. Once again, do not respond to any calls or texts you receive from telephone scammers,” Enanga said.

“Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information. It could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember it’s okay if you reject, refuse or ignore a request. Only criminals will try to create an urgency or cause you to panic.”

He, however, said the task team is investigating the subscriber fraud in a bid to dismantle the network of criminals, who obtain personal information by photocopying extra copies of the National ID and registering new SIM cards without the knowledge of the owner of the National ID.

“We call upon anyone victimised by phone scam callers to share information with the National Operations Command Centre on telephone numbers 0707600773 / 0776999135 or 0800199699,” he added.