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Faith Nyasuguta

Zambian authorities have made a significant breakthrough in combating cybercrime with the discovery of a “sophisticated internet fraud syndicate,” resulting in the apprehension of 77 individuals, including 22 Chinese nationals. 

The crackdown, described as a notable milestone in the fight against cybercrime, unfolded during a multi-agency raid on a Chinese-operated firm suspected of orchestrating fraudulent activities.

The targeted company, Golden Top Support Services, located in the upscale suburb of Roma in the capital city, Lusaka, allegedly recruited Zambians under false pretenses, enticing them with promises of call-center employment. 

However, authorities revealed that the recruited individuals, aged between 20 and 25, were unwittingly roped into engaging in deceptive conversations with mobile users across various platforms, such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and chatrooms, using scripted dialogues.

/The Diplomat/

During the operation, law enforcement agencies seized a cache of incriminating evidence, including 11 Sim boxes, devices utilized to route calls clandestinely, circumventing legitimate phone networks. Additionally, over 13,000 Sim cards, both domestic and international, were confiscated, underscoring the extensive reach of the syndicate’s operations.

Nason Banda, Director General of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), disclosed that the fraudulent activities extended beyond Zambia’s borders, with evidence suggesting victims in countries spanning Singapore, Peru, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and various African nations. 

The illicit operations had resulted in financial losses for numerous individuals, with an increasing number falling victim to money-laundering schemes.

The raid also led to the confiscation of two firearms and approximately 78 rounds of ammunition, along with the impounding of two vehicles belonging to a Chinese national associated with the illicit enterprise. 

While Zambian nationals involved in the syndicate have been charged and released on bail to assist with ongoing investigations, the 22 Chinese nationals and a Cameroonian remain in custody pending further legal proceedings.

The successful operation underscores the government’s commitment to combatting cybercrime and protecting citizens from fraudulent activities perpetrated through online platforms. 

Authorities have emphasized the need for continued vigilance and collaboration between law enforcement agencies to address the evolving challenges posed by internet-based criminal enterprises.


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