Fraud & Cybercrime

The National Commissioner of Police – Isaac Mmemo Magagula has urged the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) to fast-track enacting the Computer Crime and Cybercrime as well as Electronic Transaction Bills into law in order to boost the fight against fin-tech crimes.
Magagula was speaking during launch of the 2017 Festive Season Fraud & Cybercrime Awareness Campaign themed “Do Your Part, Be Fraud Aware” held at Police Headquarters on Tuesday. This campaign which is a collaboration between the Royal Swaziland Police Service (RSPS) and the Swaziland Bankers Association (SBA) is held annually to sensitize the Nation about the need to be extra vigilant on Fraud and other financial crimes perpetrated through the internet and manipulation of banking systems during the festive season.
The National Commissioner stated that such initiatives for creating a broad-based awareness about Cybercrime and Fraud need to be supported by comprehensive and enabling legislations. He stressed the urgent need for Police in effectively tackling the Cybercrime challenge as flagged by His Majesty the King and policing organs such as INTERPOL.
Magagula stated that the theme of the campaign dictates that the people should be provided with the necessary information in order to be able to take precautionary measures and not fall victims of fin-tech crimes that tend to escalate during the Festive Season. He implored the public and stakeholders to commit themselves to total vigilance in their banking business to ensure that cards are not stolen or cloned.
On another note, the National Commissioner assured the Nation that the Police in partnership with the SBA will intensify ATM security in all areas to avoid any possible bombings this Festive Season. He also appealed to the public to desist from lugging money around to avoid being victims of the landela syndicate.
SBA Chairperson Dennis Mbingo assured the public that financial institutions have invested heavily in the protection of clientele data and that banks can never require personal details through the telephone. He revealed that simple habits such as hiding and not sharing PINs as well as not forcefully inserting Cards at ATMs are often effective precautionary measures in the financial sector.
The Ministry of ICT’s Andreas Dlamini stated that there is need for constant public education to raise awareness, alertness and vigilance on Cybercrime and Fraud. He also revealed that cyber security strategies and laws have been drafted with various stakeholders to ensure that the country is proactive and cyber secure.
Malibongwe Dlamini from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners urged the public to acquire knowledge on Fraud in order be able to effectively play its role in the aggressive fight against this phenomenon. He stated that his organization is available to provide professional knowledge on Fraud and recommended pro-activeness as the best way of fighting the phenomenon.