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The Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA ) says cyber crime  is on the rise in the country.

ZICTA  Board Chairman Emmanuel Musonda Mpankata disclosed  this in Isoka  yesterday during the  ZICTA awareness  forum held at Luangwa guest house.

Mr Mpankata said ZICTA was making frantic efforts to reduce cyber crime in the country hence the decision to sensitize  traditional leaders and consumers on the vice.

He  stressed  that  in order for people to enjoy the advancement of  communication technology there os need to understand the security tools  used in ICTs.

Mr Mpankata  lamented that incidences of financial fraud using ICTs had become rampant in Zambia.

He cited financial institutions such as banks and mobile money transfer  service providers as being at the center  of financial frauds.

Mr  Mpankata noted that there are cyber thieves who  swindle huge sums of money out of citizens  due to lack of information.

He explained to a huge crowd that turned up to listen from ZICTA experts that they should not  trust  any person with their bank pin code numbers  if they to avert swindlers.

And Mr Mpankata  has warned mobile phone service providers of stern action if they activate SIM cards without registering them.

During a random sampling in Nakonde and Isoka some mobile phone dealers were found with several SIM card numbers already activated without being registered.

He warned MTN  to oblige with the Zambian regulations  on SIM cards registration or face the wrath of the law.

And  Isoka  District  commissioner  Joe Siwila has praised ZICTA  experts for educating citizens in Isoka.

He said  technological advancement  has brought change in communication  as compared to previously  when people solely depended on drums to communicate .

Major Siwila  has since appealed to ZICTA to ensure that intermittent network failures  for mobile phone services should come to an end .

ZICTA  is  on a country wide  awareness campaign and is currently in Muchinga province.