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Police Bursts Mobile Banking Fraud Ring

A man suspected to be the brain behind a spate of mobile banking fraud has been arrested in Gacurabwenge Sector of Kamonyi District.

Isaac Miruho, 32, a commercial motorcyclist in City of Kigali, was taken into custody on September 14 in Kamonyi Village of Gihinga Cell, Police spokesperson for the Southern Region, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi said.

“By the time of the arrest, Police had received at least three separate cases against Miruho, in which he separately duped three mobile banking agents of Rwf898, 000,” IP Kayigi said.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect heads a ring, which connives and uses different tricks to defraud mobile banking users and dealers.

It is said that Miruho and his accomplices are still at large.

They approach their target especially mobile banking agents, using all tricks to get their pin code and pretend to be either buying Me2U (airtime) or seeking mobile banking services.

They pretend to be filling in the contacts, or instead they transfer money to their phones.

“During investigations, we found out that the ring had stolen a National ID in names of Jean Damascene Gasabubu, which they used to acquire a SIM-Card, where all the money was being sent,” the spokesperson said.

According to investigations, Miruho and his accomplices duped one Joel Munyendamutsa of Rwf679, 000 on August 18; Emmanuel Nizeyimana Rwf146, 000 on September 7; and Rwf73, 000 from one Ferdinand Ndikubwayo on September 14; the day of his arrest.

Miruho is currently detained at Runda Police station.

Investigations are still ongoing to locate all the members of this ring to face justice.

“As a norm, we urge anyone with information on this group or any other person involved in these criminal tendencies to come forward to facilitate investigations and ensure that they face justice,” IP Kayigi said.

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