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How criminals are using IEBC registry in Sim swap fraud

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has revealed how criminals are using the IEBC register, which is available online, to register SIM cards which are then used to commit crimes.

Speaking on Friday during a mobile money fraud risk engagement forum by Safaricom and the banking industry, the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti called upon all Kenyans to avail information that would help identify criminals who are behind fraudulent activities across the country.

“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,” said Kinoti.

CYBER-CRIME

“The fight against cyber-crime is facing a number of challenges because criminals have come up with sophisticated avenues to defraud innocent Kenyans,” he further noted.

However, Kinoti assured Kenyans that the fight against SIM card swap fraud is on course.

At least 12 Safaricom employees have been prosecuted for fraud with cases of customer falling prey to fraudsters having risen remarkably.