DCI on Sim Swap Saga And The Fight Against CyberCrime

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The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has assured the public that the fight against Sim Swap fraud is on course. Speaking during a mobile money fraud risk engagement forum, an initiative by Safaricom in partnership with the banking industry, Kinoti called upon all Kenyans to avail information that would help identify criminals that are engaging in fraud activities across the country.

He acknowledged that the fight against cybercrime was facing a number of challenges because criminals have come up with sophisticated avenues to defraud innocent Kenyans.“We have noted that criminals are using the IEBC register which is available online to register sim cards which end up being used to carry out criminal activities,” Kinoti said.

In the past few weeks, a number of people have been arrested in connection with Sim Swap fraud. Safaricom has over the last one month taken measure in addressing the issue by educating and cautioning the public on how to protect their personal data, avoid sharing PIN numbers and passwords.

In the last month, tens of people have been arrested in connection to sim swaps among them a Safaricom Customer Care executive who has since been dismissed. Banks too have cautioned individuals to take up security measures with regard to rising online crimes mostly affecting telecommunication companies and financial institutions.

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Melissa Daniels
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