70 people arrested for Cybercrime syndicate

By Rosemary Kamanga

In a highly sophisticated cybercrime syndicate in LUSAKA  , the Drug Enforcement Commission  -DEC- has arrested  over 70 people at Golden Top Support Services .

The operation uncovered a significant amount of  illegal materials, including Sim boxing machines, 13 thousand domestic and international SIM cards used in fraudulent activities.

DEC  Director General , NASON BANDA says17 Zambians have been released, while 60 along with 22 Chinese and One Cameroonian have been detained for further questioning.

He says the 93 desktop computers , satellite gadgets and Other ICT related equipment has also been seized as well as two firearms , 78 rounds of ammunition and  two motor vehicles.

Speaking during a Press briefing, Mr BANDA said that the scope of their illicit operations extended beyond Zambia’s borders with evidence indicating sophisticated  mobile and internet communication with individuals in countries such as SINGAPORE , PERU, UAE and others across the continent.

He said the organisation employed unsuspecting Zambians youths aged between 20 and 25 mostly school leavers, under the impression that they will work as call centre agents.

Mr BANDA has since warned that the commission remains vigilant in combating cyber crime and protecting the interests of Zambians.

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