Several People Imprisoned In Zambia For Cybercrimes Include Chinese Citizens

Several People Imprisoned In Zambia For Cybercrimes Include Chinese Citizens

22 Chinese nationals were imprisoned by a Zambian court on Friday for cybercrimes involving online fraud and frauds that targeted Zambians as well as individuals from Singapore, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates.

They were imprisoned for terms varying from seven to eleven years by the Magistrates Court in the capital city of Lusaka.

Following their guilty plea to accusations of identity fraud, computer-related deception, and illegally operating a network or service on Wednesday, the court additionally fined them between $1,500 and $3,000.

A Cameroonian man was also sentenced to prison and fined for the same infractions.

They were among 77 individuals, most of whom were from Zambia, who were detained in April on suspicion of operating a “sophisticated internet fraud syndicate,” according to the police.

“In the past we have seen criminals walking away freely after committing such or similar crimes,” cybersecurity analyst Ali Kingston Mwila stated.

Investigations began, according to Drug Enforcement Commission Director-General Nason Banda, when officials saw an increase in cyber-related fraud cases and numerous complaints about people losing money from their bank accounts or mobile phones without explanation.

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