The Cyber-crime Unit of Uganda Police Force has tracked down and arrested five people who have been engaging in online fraud.
According to police, there is an increasing in cybercrime in the country and the public has been warned to be on a watch out.
In a press briefing at Police headquarters in Kampala, the Spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed that most con men impersonate VIPs such as ministers, justices, parastatal directors among others.
The law enforcement body said that the suspects arrested recently are those that have conned the public millions of money from social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and pop up emails.
Amongst them is a one Juma Kigozi who was arrested on Saturday from Kiira. It is said that he impersonated the Minister of Transport Mrs Azuba Ntege and swindled unspecified amount of money from unsuspecting victims whom he lied that the ministry was giving free motorcycles.
Also on remand is Ivan Ntambi who had opened a social media account in the names of the Deputy Commander of Land Forces General Peter Elweru.
The police publicist said that the suspect conned army officers promising to take them to missions in Somalia and other countries.
The other suspect in custody is a one Medard Mugyenyi who impersonated the Minister of Public Service Hon. David Karubanga and obtained money from people in presence of helping them acquire government jobs.
James Omara was also arrested by the cybercrime unit for threatening the life of a member of parliament identified as Catherine Lamwack.
Similarly, a one Bashir Katumba was arrested for impersonating the Personal AQssistant to the Deputy Inspector General of Police and fleeced Shs 5 million from unidentified businessman in Kiira.
“We thought it important to inform the public that this form of crime is on the rise,” Mr Enanga said.
Police stated that the con men also use fake charities, jobs and online sponsorship to steal from the public.