Suspected Zambian Scammer Arrested in Mangochi

Tepani Daud Tepani Daud - file photo

Police in Mangochi district have arrested a 28-year-old Zambian national, Ibrahim Maxwell Mustafa, on suspicion that he has been stealing from various women through Facebook.

Mangochi Police Station Spokesperson, Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi, said Mustafa was arrested on February 20, 2023, in the district.

Tepani Daudi said their findings show that the suspect who bears "Ibrahim Maxwell" as Facebook username is settled in Zomba district and has been targeting well-to-do women on Facebook through dating.

She said when love blossoms, the suspect would request to meet the victim and steal their valuables especially money, laptops and phones.

"It is reported that the suspect arrived in Mangochi on February 20, 2023 with a mission to trick a nurse who works at the district's hospital but he was caught up in a trick by another nurse whom he previously tricked and stole two cellphones from and was linking with her friend.

"The nurse tricked him to meet at her workplace after informing the police who arrested him instantly," she said.

Meanwhile, Tepani Daudi said the suspect who is also wanted by Zomba, Dedza and Chiradzulu Police formations for committing similar offences will appear before court to answer charges of theft after completion of paperwork.

"We are appealing to the public especially women not to be carried away with strangers they meet online to avoid being duped," said Tepani Daudi.

Mustapher hails from Katete, Eastern Province in Zambia, according to Tepani Daudi.

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