Police warns Malawi women on scammers

Malawi Police Service have warned women in the country to refrain from giving out personal information to strangers, dating on social media and making payments through Airtel Money or Mpamba.

Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) Police Spokesperson, Inspector Sapulain Chitonde Lee said  police have observed that many women and girls fall victims of such scams.

“We have been receiving calls from victims across the country, complaining that they have been duped by scammers who told them to send money via Airtel Money or Mpamba to clear their parcels at our airports allegedly sent in by their relations abroad,” he said.

He explained that others reached a point of hiring a taxi together with security officers to protect them when they would be collecting their parcel ‘containing millions of Pounds and Dollars’ which turned out to be a scam.

According to the spokesperson, the scammers use local mobile lines to make contacts with unsuspecting individuals and victims through a friend request on social media until they win their trust which ends into an online friendship.

“Later the scammers tell their innocent victims that they have sent them a parcel which contains assorted items such as United States Dollars as well as British Pounds,” he said.

Chitonde Lee said some of the fake messages commonly sent to victims include “I am  back from shopping and I bought you an iPhone7, laptop, plus 2 hand bags, 1 travel bag, golden ear rings,  3 pieces of necklace,  golden wrist watch, 2 shoes.”

Another message reads: “Babe I put 65,000 Pounds inside the gift parcel for you and the airport agent told me that they will deliver it some hours to your country Malawi okay.”

The police said the texts bear British numbers and follow instant calls (less than 24 hours) that bear local numbers notifying unsuspecting victims about the parcel at the Airport.

Lee said the most used agent name is Delta Courier Services, but said there is no such name or agent at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe or Chileka in Blantyre

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Kuchinda
Kuchinda
8 months ago

Kukonda ndalama mahule. Why not make your own money

Kast
Kast
8 months ago

The problem is twofold . Malawian women are greedy for money and Malawian men are useless. There it is

Last edited 8 months ago by Kast
Phwisa
Phwisa
8 months ago

This police spokesman should have said there is no security in the country. Does he mean that these local phone numbers can not be traced the we were told that Mobile phone operators should register their customers numbers with National IDs.

Elube
Elube
8 months ago

My old mum once told that if something is too good to be true, probably it is not. I have now told my young girls the same thing and trust me, they will not fall into these scams. Let us teach our kids basics, now that scammers are all over us.

Mtondoli Jonazi
Mtondoli Jonazi
8 months ago

This is the commonest trick in the book. Usually referred to as a 419 Scam (derived for Section 419 of the Nigerian Penal Code that deals with such type of crime). It’s strange that it’s only gaining traction in Malawi now as this has been going on in most countries like South Africa for the past 10 to 15 years. My guess is that these crooks (usually Nigerians) have seen that most countries they were targeting before have now gotten used to the tricks (especially with the speed people report such things on social media). And they are now looking… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Mtondoli Jonazi
Chisale
Chisale
8 months ago

The big problem in Malawi is that every single person is looking to get rich. This is the reason everyone is busy selling rubbish on social media. How stupid can one be? £65000 is not 65000MK. Even in the UK, you don’t get people giving a girl friend £65000 unless you are dating Lewis Hamilton. Lack of exposure and education is contributing to these. A normal person will know that not a lot of companies like DHL or FedEx accept any parcel with cash in parcels. You can pick any number from any country and use it for free on… Read more »

Kuchinda
Kuchinda
8 months ago
Reply to  Chisale

😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 you’re talking about normal people. Are slay queens normal people? 😂😂😂😂😂

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