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TCRA, police wage war on cyber crime

8th February 2013
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TCRA official, Isack Mruma

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) in collaboration with the police is planning on fighting cyber-crime in order to protect consumers of communication services against the acts which have been increasing.

A TCRA official, Isack Mruma said this during a stakeholders meeting held yesterday in Morogoro District whereas he said that it is important for the community to know that as technology keeps growing, some people would want to use the loopholes to conduct crimes.

Mruma said that some criminals have even reached the point of impersonating top leaders in order to succeed in their scheming.

He said that the culprits have been using names of officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives pretending that there were chemicals needed to be supplied, while in real sense they just wanted to squeeze money off the victims.

The Authority urged Tanzanians to be careful when presented with various issues especially about money.

Mruma challenged people not to agree to engage in illegal dealings because by doing so they would end up losing.

He said the cooperation between the police force and the Authority is strong and that they will be able to arrest all abusing means of modern communication.

Opening the meeting, the Morogoro District Commissioner, Said Amanzi, advised the Authority to improve provision of services from service providers so that all groups in the society would be included, particularly those with disabilities.

The DC said that there are still many challenges facing telephone communication including service providers sending messages that clients are not interested in.

He also said that frequent communication break downs were still a big challenge.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN