#Mobile Money

Alleged Fraudster Generates $20 000 Worth Of Fake EcoCash Payments

No comments

We’ve talked about fake EcoCash payments before, here and more recently here. Another case of EcoCash related cyber-crime has occurred with a Bulawayo based man being accused of defrauding a supermarket after faking EcoCash payments to the tune of 20 000 on different occasions.

He is said to have approached the employees at the supermarket with fake EcoCash messages purporting to have paid for some groceries and the employees allowed him to take the groceries.

The matter reportedly came to light in September when the supermarket conducted an audit which revealed a mismatch between Ecocash transactions and those recorded manually in the books.


The problem with fake messages being used for cybercrime is that for the perpetrators of such crime the degree of ease with which they can carry out these crimes is shockingly easy since there are tonnes of apps to generate fake messages on app stores. I explained why these apps exist in the first place:

The developers behind the apps advertise their applications as being great for pranks but unfortunately in countries such as ours where use of mobile money is prevalent – the apps have found a new and more sinister purpose.

Fraudsters Using Fake EcoCash Messages To Fool Retailers

To make matters worse, EcoCash has in recent weeks been a dumpster fire with users of the mobile money platform not instantly getting confirmations when they pay for products. One would assume merchants have been going through the same problem which allows fraudsters to just blame the lack of receipt of a confirmation message on EcoCash’s “downgrade”.

As long as the EcoCash system isn’t working correctly and EcoCash doesn’t educate merchant and users on the existence of message generating applications, this form of cybercrime will continue to occur at an alarming rate since it’s so easy to generate fake messages.

Quick NetOne, Telecel, Africom, And Econet Airtime Recharge

If anything goes wrong, chat with us using the chat feature at the bottom right of this screen

Comments 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You might also like

Why you should consider starting your own podcast & what you’ll need to get the ball rolling

SABC wants Netflix users to pay a TV licence because regulation is outdated

Poor service delivery highlighted by SIVIO Institute local governance tracker

This Zim company is using blockchain tech to prevent use of fake vaccination certificates