Cyber-Crime Overwhelms MPS

Malawi Police Service says it is struggling to fight increased cases of Cyber-Crime related offenses Malawi Police Service says it is struggling to fight increased cases of Cyber-Crime related offenses

Malawi Police Service says it is struggling to fight increased cases of Cyber-Crime related offenses that are overwhelming the law enforcement organisation.

Head of the Digital Forensics and Cyber-Crimes Unit at the National Police Headquarters, Senior Superintendent Gladson Kubwalo said in an interview this comes at a time when there are very few Cyber-Crime experts in the country.

``Inadequate of Cyber-Crime experts in Malawi can be well addressed if institutions of higher learning can introduce Forensic science disciplines in their programmes, noting that there is no University in the country offering such course,” said Kubwalo.

Meanwhile, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has initiated a task force on mobile fraud comprised of Police, Prison, Mobile service providers, National Registration Bureau among others that are jointly looking into ways of combating these offenses.

MACRA Deputy Director for Consumer Affairs Kelious Mlenga each of these institutions has a role to play in ending Cyber-Crime. We want to ensure that at the end of the day we have contained these offenses despite that it is not just a day of work.

Explained Mlenga: ``We also want to ensure that consumers like mobile phone users are aware of these fraudsters. So what we are doing as a regulator is that we are sensitizing people to be on the lookout suppose they receive text messages and even calls from these people.”

Perpetrators of these offenses have been sending text messages and even calling people that they have won prices from the unfounded competition. Others claim that their relations from abroad have sent a parcel such that they should send some money to access it.

Women top the list of complainants reporting Cyber-Crime related offenses to the Malawi Police Service and prisoners are some of the common swindlers.

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