By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
Police in Lusaka have arrested Maxwell Mwamba owner of a Facebook account “My TV Zambia” on allegations of obtaining money by false presences amounting over 4 Million kwacha.
Mwamba, 29, of Acacia park, in Chilanga, is alleged to have obtained 4 Million, 7 Hundred and 98 thousand, 2 hundred and 99 kwacha between 2019 and December,2021.
Confirming in a statement, Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said it is alleged that the Mwamba advertised appliances such as televisions, radios and cellphones on his platform.
“Some members of the public would send money via airtel money and an invoice would be issued but would not receive the item paid for,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga also said that Police working in conjunction with ZICTA recovered Seven sim cards and three cell phones used to scam people.
He said that so far 10 dockets have been opened and further appealing to members of the public who may have been swindled to report at Chelston Police station.
Mwamba is detained in custody and will appear in court soon.
In another related development, Police working in conjunction with ZICTA have managed to apprehend Paul Kawewe 22, of Mtendere East and recovered 19 sim cards from him used for scamming people to a tune of One Million Kwacha.
And Mr Hamoonga said the suspect is in custody facing one count of impersonation and five counts of obtaining money by false presences.
Kawewe has since been officially charged and arrested for the subject offences.
Mr Hamoonga has since appealed to the general public to be wary of online scammers that have mushroomed on the cyber space.
He said this is due to the increased use of online purchase which has been necessitated by the advert of Covid -19 pandemic.
“Do not engage with any online trading platform without conducting a due diligent search on such online trading platform,” Mr Hamoonga cautioned the general citizenry.