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By JOHN SAKALA
Three fake police recruiters have been arrested for allegedly impersonating and soliciting money from Zambian citizens purporting that they were the ones recruiting police officers.
The trio impersonated public officers and subsequently swindled nine members of the public out of money amounting to K18, 000, on pretext that they were recruiting officers for Zambia National Service (ZNS), Zambia Air force (ZAF), Zambia Police and Road Development Agency.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed the arrested of the trio saying the victims were meant to deposit money using four mobile lines.
Ms Katongo said the mobile line were (0970516959, 0971638539, 0978163530 and 0968040425) registered on Airtel mobile money, MTN mobile money and Zoona money transfer which was later withdrawn by the suspects who were also found with documents.
“This is reported to have happened between August, 2018 and October, 2018 at different dates and time. The suspects have been identified as Temwani Chilongo 29, of Garden House in Lusaka, Patulani Chilongo 32, of Luangwa Township in Kitwe and Isaac Longwa 30, of Kalundu view in Kafue.
“They are currently detained in Police custody yet to be jointly charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretences, Forgery and Uttering and also Impersonation. We therefore appeal to members of the public who might have fallen victim to such scams to report to any nearest Police Station,” she said.
Ms Katongo has also advised members of the public to always be security conscious because there is a scam where criminals are sending messages to deceive unsuspecting members of the public that they have won in a promotion.
She said the promotion is coated with large sums of money in dollars and later requesting their prey to send their personal details which may in turn be used to access their bank accounts, mobile money accounts and other financial transactions.
“People should not fall for such deception but should ignore such messages,” she said.