Zambians in the UK ‘targeted’ by online fraudsters
- Published on 08 August 2012
Zambia’s High Commission in London has warned that incidents of cyber-related fraud targeting Zambians pursuing education opportunities in the UK are on the upswing.
The mission has said it has dealt with a handful of cases concerning Zambian nationals defrauded by people offering educational opportunities online.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) Lt Colonel Bizwayo Nkunika has said Zambians must be very wary of the UK-based syndicates of fraudsters enticing unsuspecting victims with online offers of lowly priced goods and educational services.
“Three active cases of people losing thousands of pounds are ongoing, with little chance of success at recovery as the companies in question have been found to be non-existent or the agents simply don’t pick up calls from the mission anymore,” said Nkunika.
In the case of those offering training opportunities, Nkunika said some Zambians have been defrauded by UK agencies purporting to be recruiting students online on behalf of the London Training College and the London School of Commerce.
Nkunika has said that these ‘agencies’ have vanished after receiving money from unsuspecting Zambians.