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.