Telecommunication giant Safaricom on Friday announced a new security
feature to curb fraud.
The feature will alert customers via SMS whenever someone
tries to register a line using their credentials.
The SMS alert from 707 will immediately be sent to your
handset and you can reply with ‘NO’ if you are not the one who initiated the
This move is aimed at curbing fraud as rogue individuals
have been obtaining details of clients and use them to register new lines and
access M-Pesa accounts.
Recently, the Communications Authority of Kenya urged
Kenyans to be on the lookout for unscrupulous persons sending messages to
mobile subscribers purportedly to caution them that they have exceeded the maximum
number of SIM cards allowed per subscriber.
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The messages were crafted to appear as originating from the
Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the predecessor to the Communication
Authority of Kenya (CA).
This type of scam is called Smishing; where the fraudster
sends SMS texts purporting to originate from a reputable company with the
purpose of tricking subscribers into revealing personal information such as ID
numbers, usernames, passwords, PINS and credit card details among other personal
The criminals use the information obtained to defraud the
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had also warned
Kenyans about the various ways criminals could be using to defraud them,
This is basically a cybercrime in which a target is
contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate
institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as
personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and