RIB calls for vigilance against cyber crimes

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The Secretary General of Rwanda Investigation Bureau, Col. Jeannot Ruhunga, has urged public to be vigilant towards crimes committed using technology tools.

He said at least 113 cases of cybercrime, of which 64 were committed in the City of Kigali, were recorded in 2018 leaving many counting losses.

He was speaking during a meeting with Kigali City residents aimed at sensitising them on the most prevalent crimes committed in the Rwandan capital and how they can prevent them.

“Cybercrimes are committed using technology such as computer, internet, telephone and any other type of information technology tools. Some criminals will promise you that you have won some cash prize and then ask for your personal identification, mobile money PIN code or bank account, which information they use to steal your money,” Ruhunga said

Ruhunga called for more vigilance, urging members of the public to always double check information they get from strange callers.

He called on people to check with telecom telecom companies to establish which phone numbers are registered under their names, saying that fraudsters often use phone numbers registered under other people to commit cybercrimes.

Meanwhile, he said, Cyber fraud caused an economic loss to the country amounting to Rwf6 billion last year  alone.

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