Recently, there have been many more cases of unlicensed SIM exchanges that have resulted in several Safaricom users losing millions of dollars to fraudsters.
Fraudsters stored the phone numbers used on other SIM cards, capturing notifications, passwords and targeted bank profiles.
To prevent this, a major telecommunications company has launched the Uncodified Extra Data (USSD) code which its users can dial and list their mobile phone numbers.
Verification code, * 100 * 100 # OK, closes the subscriber number as no one else can cancel it at the agent store without them knowing.
This will ensure that their SIM card can only be exchanged by going to the Safaricom store with their national ID or by calling the company’s customer service.
Arrested SIM card change suspects
Alternatively, four fraud suspects have been charged with stealing more than KSh 2.8 from the dead by accessing their banking services through fraudulent SIM card exchange.
The four, including a taxi driver, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku where they were charged with various offenses for conspiracy to commit crimes.
The court heard that one man and his wife, Euctus Mutembei and Ayugu Shivachi, conspired to commit the crimes mentioned above on December 7 and 9, 2020.