State minister for lands Honorable Persis Namuganza is in danger after hackers swapped her telephone number and conned over 140M in her name.
She alleges that, hackers started to send messages to all people in her contact lists on Monday asking them to send her money urgently.
“I am in a meeting but meanwhile help me and get for me where there is mobile money and deposit 1m or 2M or 3M I will refund you later. If you don’t have borrow for me because it’s urgent.”
According to the minister, hackers then asked their victims to deposit the money on given telephone contact registered as Ssebandeke Muhamudu.
“First victims whom they conned were my people from the Ministry who sent Shs2m after the hackers claimed that I needed the money from fuel. They sent several others and asked for the same amount of money,” Ms Namuganza said.
Among the targeted persons in Namuganza’s contact list included Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura of Shs 5m but failed after he used the Ministers’ another contact to verify whether it was her in of need of money.
“When he [Kayihura] received the message, he used another line and called wondering if it was really me in need of the money, I explained that I had no idea,” she explained.
According to the minister, over Shs 140m shillings have been swindled from Ministers and friends.
Despite being conned over Shs140m, the Hon Namuganza also receives death threats saying she has three days to live.
“They say that I am one of the highly needed people in this government, the public should know in case I am not available in the coming days.”
However, in the past years, all Ugandans owning mobile telephones were ordered by police to re-register their mobile numbers using National Identity Card number (NIN) for the country to end criminality.
However, unknown people continue to use telephone numbers to con others but both Police and National Information Registration Authority – NIRA are unable to retrieve their registered details. This leaves one wondering whether countrywide registrations were a waste of time and national resources.