Fraudsters with SIM swaps

Police arrest a fraudster suspected of running a high-tech mobile phone scam organisation on Saturday morning with a bag containing SIM cards belonging to Safaricom, Airtel, and Telcom mobile phone service providers.

Police also recovered data with names of registered voters, their ID numbers, and their dates of birth.

Previously, the suspects had hacked into the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) database and obtained personal information on 61,617 registered voters in a Western Kenya county.

The suspect also obtained personal information, the suspects contact various wireless carriers and convince customer service representatives that they are the true owners of the line.

After successfully swapping SIM cards, the suspect gains full access to the victim’s online accounts.

The 21-year-old who previously worked for one of Kenya’s mobile phone networks has been conducting the syndicate for over a year now.

He was arrested in Juja by detectives from the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau assisted by Safaricom’s fraud investigations team and security officers from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

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