ZICTA to deactivate ‘fraudulent’ sim cards

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THE Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) says it will on Monday January 24, start the process of deactivating fraudulent and non-compliant SIM Cards due to rising cases of cyber crime.

ZICTA Acting Communications Manager Hanford Chaaba says the Authority has identified SIM Cards that are suspected to have been fraudulently registered or registered in violation of Statutory Instrument number 65 and the SIM Card Directives.

Mr. Chaaba says ZICTA has also noted a rampant possession and use of fraudulently registered or pre-registered SIM cards by some members of the public.

He disclosed that scammers are sending unsolicited messages to members of the public using the SMS platform by using fraudulently registered SIM cards, a situation which compromises the safety of other users of electronic communication services.

In a statement, Mr. Chaaba said despite the ZICTA 2019 SIM registration directives issued in line with the ICT Regulations and S.I No 65 of 2011 aimed at mitigating SIM Card associated fraud, there is minimum adherence to the directives by mobile network operators and sellers of SIM Cards.

He has since urged members of the public to regularise their SIM Cards with their service providers SSD Codes or visit nearest Service Centers with the National Identity Card within 7 days from Monday or risk having their SIM Cards deactivated. – ZNBC.

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