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The Zambia Information Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) claims that it has switched off or de-activated about 2.1 million mobile SIM cards after a cleanup exercise following a spike in mobile money scams in which the country has been experiencing and said these were illegally registered.

While SIM card fraud is nothing new, it dramatically worsened in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are conducting activities from their phones at an unprecedented rate and scammers are taking full advantage of this increased usage. With more access to online transactions at our fingertips, comes more access to users’ personal information, and subsequently, the margin of vulnerability widens.

ZICTA consumer protection and compliance manager Edgar Mlauzi said the ICT authority is “working tirelessly” to combat digital fraud.

He said the deactivated SIM cards belong to subscribers who had more than ten SIM cards under one name, which the regulator believes are used …