Suspected mobile money fraudsters in court

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TWO suspected fraudsters who hacked people’s bank and mobile money accounts appeared in court on Friday.
Simbarashe Chileya, 20, and Rutendo Monalisa Dzinzi, 20, were charged with fraud when they appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa.

They were remanded in custody to March 16 pending finalisation of their bail applications.
The complainant is Tafadzwa Hungwe, a partner at Samukange Hungwe Attorneys.

Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa alleged that on March 8, Hungwe bought an electricity token using his mobile money account.

However, no token was sent to him and he took up the matter with the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (Zetdc) Facebook platform.

Chileya saw Hungwe’s query on Facebook and hatched a plan to steal money from his mobile wallet. The following day at around 9am Chileya called Hungwe purporting to be an employee of a mobile company and claimed to be attending to the query.

The court heard he requested Hungwe’s last three mobile money transactions, date of birth and current account balance. Chileya sent a one-time password to Hungwe to enter on his phone’s money account.

Around 10 am that day Chileya managed to get into Hungwe’s NMB account and transferred $2 334 to his mobile money account.

Chileya then transferred the money into his merchant line that he uses to dupe people registered in the name Trade Chat.

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