Criminals impersonating Veep on the loose

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SIMON MUNTEMBA writes

A SCAM in which criminals are using forged documents to impersonate the Vice president Inonge Wina in order to swindle unsuspecting members of the public has been unearthed.

The criminals had also forged immigration documents purporting to be application forms and appointment letters of the staff in government institutions.

Zambia Police public relations officer, Esther Katongo, in a statement said the criminals were using Ms Wina’s name to swindle unsuspecting members of the public through social media.

“We wish to inform members of the public that there is a scam where criminals are using forged documents in the name of the Vice President, Ms Inonge Mutukwa Wina to swindle unsuspecting members of the public through social media. One such document is a passport bearing her particulars.

“The criminals have also forged Immigration documents purporting to be application forms and appointment letters,” Ms Katongo said.

She said party of the fake appointment letter reads “your job processing is going on and we want to inform you that your name has been registered in the ICT unit of the staff and employed government organisation of Zambia Immigration worldwide and your salary is K18, 000 and you are to pay K 1,200 for your authentication of your result and two weeks training with feeding allowance with accommodation while training,

“Your transport and accommodation will be taken care of by the Zambia immigration and you are to pay directly to the Zambia Immigration Secretary Melinda Ngandwe. The immigration will call you after your payment.”

Ms Katongo said the criminals had also provided a ZANACO Bank account in the name of Mwale Nonde in which money was to be deposited.

She urged members of the public to be wary of such adverts and should not fall prey to these criminals by avoiding paying attention to such adverts and by avoiding sending money to the account provided.

Ms Katongo said the Police had since instituted investigations in the matter so that the criminals behind the scam were brought to book.

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