Conmen Target Facebook Users in Uganda


If you sent mobile money to an unknown person following a request from a friend on Facebook, the famous social networking website, you could have been conned.

At least four people including Daily Monitor Education Editor Charles Mwanguhya and a New Vision reporter Barbara Among have been attacked by unknown hackers on Facebook.

Mr Mwanguhya encountered one of the conmen on Tuesday as he browsed through his Facebook profile on the internet. He received a message from the conman who hacked into Mr Steven Kibuuka's account and disguised himself as the account owner.

Mr Kibuuka and Mr Mwanguhya are friends on Facebook and in real life. By yesterday, Mr Kibuuka had not discovered that someone had hacked into his account.

"I don't know because even this morning I signed into my account. How do they do it?" he said when asked if he was aware of the hackers.

The conman asked Mr Mwanguhya to transfer Shs60,000 using mobile money to his friend Martin Mugisha in Kampala, on the mobile phone number 0789457629.

"Bro, I have someone clearing some important documents for me DHL, need u to help me and send him 60,000 urgently thru mobile money. I am going to refund it as soon as am done here. I will cater for the charges," reads the conman's request.

However, Mr Mwanguhya didn't send the money because he was aware of the fraud. He had been tipped off by a similar trick that was revealed on Facebook by his colleague Ms Among who had met a similar conman.

The one who contacted Ms Among attempted to con her of Shs220,000.

Mr Fred Otunnu, an official with the Uganda Communications Commission, the regulator of the communications industry, said they were not aware of the on-going scam.