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Man detained over defrauding banking apps

The police in the Erongo region have detained a man in connection with mobile banking fraud.

The man was allegedly found to have 105 banking apps on his cellphone, believed to have been employed in defrauding bank clients.

The suspect faces charges related to contravening payment management systems and the illegal possession of banking apps and software programmes.

Erongo police spokesperson inspector Ileni Shapumba on Friday confirmed that the suspect was detained on Tuesday after a police sting investigation.

“It is alleged that the suspect used apps on his cellphone to defraud banks and their clients. He is suspected of using the software to steal PINs and withdraw funds,” he said.

Shapumba said the suspect has an outstanding warrant in connection with other cases.

He warned the public to be vigilant when engaging in mobile banking activities.

” . . . because there are people who are sitting in the comfort of their homes committing crimes by stealing PINs. Protect your money. Don’t share your details with anyone you don’t know,” he said.

Police investigations continue.