Mugarura Mike Police arrest notorious criminal behind phone scams in Uganda (1)
Fred Enanga the police spokesperson

Mugarura Mike, the prime suspect behind major phone scams in Uganda, has been arrested and charged to court by the Directorate of CID. 

The Directorate of CID has arrested and charged to court, a one Mugarura Mike, the prime suspect and mastermind behind major phone scams in Uganda. 

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, the scammers utilize a network of call centres to call potential victims within the country. 

They obtain personally identifiable information obtained from a number of sources including websites of MDAs, like immigration foreigners with deportation; URA for tax-related scams, NSSF for scams on benefits, UCC with threats of sim card de-registration and other mobile telephone networks, lawyers threatening legal action among others.

Following investigations, however, Enanga said they have arrested a one Mugarura Mike in response to so many scandals.

“We did investigations into more than 54 incidents since 2009. Notably among them, are his personation of Gen. Salim Saleh, Rtd Major Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, Rtd Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Professor Ogenga Latigo, The CGP Dr. Byabashaija, the late BOU Governor Mutebile, Hon, Sam kutesa, Business Mogal Patrick Bitature, Al Hajji Moses Kigongo, Robert Kabushenga (former CEO Vision Group), Brig. Mayombo’s son, and many others VIPs, whom they personated without their knowledge, and defrauded victims.”

He said in the most recent phone scam, they targeted forensic officers in districts and regions. 

The prime suspect together with four others including Eletu Moses, Arim Rifad, Mwebembezi Patrick and Rwothomia Demick, acquired UTL line 0414673797 and MTN line 0776-318856, and started targeting SOCO’s alleged training courses in UK, USA and South Africa. 

These would demand money for processing travel documents and defraud them. 

As a result, Enanga said the prime suspect Mugarura Mike was charged with four counts of personation, C/S 381 of the Penal Code Act, two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, C/S 305 of the Penal Code Act, while the four other accomplices of Eletu Moses, Arim Rifad, Patrick Mwebembezi and Rwothonia Derrick, were charged with conspiracy to defraud C/S 309 of the Penal Code Act.

The police spokesperson said in all these scams, they carried out sufficient research and in an organized manner, constructed narratives, with details of work stations, phone numbers, names and addresses; where they easily convinced their unsuspecting victims.

“Several exhibits including lists of names, phone numbers of potential victims, of progress, 7 mobile phones, other notebooks, hand written scripts that the scam workers used for talking to victims with elaborate details etc,” he added.

He, however, warned individuals that phone scamming is now a rampant problem, and the tactics being used keep evolving now and then. He warned Ugandans to remain extremely cautious whenever they receive unanticipated requests for money.