Kampala—17, June 2020: Two suspected fraudsters who have been defrauding unknown members of the public using a fake Facebook account purporting to be an official of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) have been arrested.
The duo were picked today according to a statement from Uganda Revenue Authority. They have been identified as Ronald Muhumuzibwe, 26, and Francis Mutanuzi, 38.
According to URA, they were apprehended in connection with a fake Facebook account which they created and was being run in the names of John Musinguzi Rujoki, the Commissioner General (CG) the Authority.
Purporting as Mr Musinguzi who’s the URA CG, the duo reportedly enticed the public through the created fake Facebook account. They were claiming that there were job opportunities and businesses in Uganda Revenue Authority. The pair would then ask for ‘taxes’ [monies] from the public.
After instituting a spirited forensic investigation using a team of cyber experts, URA says it busted the racked of these fraudsters and that the duo was found in possession of seven used sim-cards, four unused sim-cards and six original national Identification cards.
The tax collecting body (URA) further claims that one of the suspects now in custody, operates a sim-card registration business and he has been taking advantage of clients’ national Identification cards shirked at his shop to fraudulently register sim-cards which sim-cards he would then manipulate to contact and defraud unsuspecting members of the populace.
URA further says a complainant who initiated interactions on 27 April 2020 with this “fake” Facebook account in an attempt to reach out to the Commissioner General was instead alarmed when the fraudsters running the fake account promised him a contract with URA for a kick-back of shillings 10m.
The complainant who suspected fraud about this scheme, alerted URA and investigations duly ensued climaxing into the duo’s arrest. The suspects are to be charged under the Computer Misuse Act and the Penal Code Act.
“We urge the public to stay vigilant and to always reach out to us through our official contact channels for inquiries about any of our services. The public is also encouraged to swiftly report cases of impostors to URA or any nearby Police station so that such unscrupulous persons are duly arrested and effectively prosecuted,” URA statement further reads.