Two suspected fraudsters have today been arrested for allegedly impersonating the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General on social media with the intent of defrauding people.
Muhumuziibwe Ronald, 26, and Mutambuzi Francis, 38 allegedly created and ran a fake Facebook account in the names of the Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority Mr. John Musinguzi Rujoki.
This fake account was being used to defraud the public through false promises of jobs and business opportunities with URA.
“Investigations have unearthed these two individuals and useful potential exhibits including 7 used sim cards, 4 unused sim cards and 6 original National Identification cards have been recovered from them. We have established that one of the suspects operates a sim card registration business and he takes advantage of clients’ National Identification cards forgotten at his shop to fraudulently register sim cards which sim cards he then utilizes to contact and defraud unsuspecting members of the public,” said Ian Rumanyika, the URA Communications and Marketing Director
A complainant who commenced interactions on 27th April 2020 with this fake Facebook account in an attempt to reach out to the Commissioner General was instead alarmed when the fraudsters running the fake account promised him a contract with URA for a kick-back of UGX 10,000,000/.
The complainant then contacted URA about this scheme and investigations duly ensued culminating in the duo’s arrest.
The suspects are to be charged under the Computer Misuse Act and the Penal Code Act.
“We urge the public to stay vigilant and to always reach out to us through our official contact channels for inquiries about any of our services. The public is also encouraged to swiftly report cases of impostors to URA or any nearby Police station so that such unscrupulous persons are duly arrested and effectively prosecuted,” Rumanyika added.