UCC, police arrest 9 over sim boxing

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ACP Polly Namaye the Deputy Spokeswoman and Kampala Metropolitan Deputy PRO ASP Owoyesigyire Lucas, addressing the media on the General Security situation in the country at police Headquarters Naguru.

Police and Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] have apprehended eight suspects engaged in sim boxing, an electronic fraud.

The operation was carried out over the weekend in Kampala.

Sim boxing refers to the act of a person or group of people setting up a device that can take in several SIM cards [sim box] and using the same t o complete international calls received from the internet as voice over IP.

The calls are in turn served to the in-country mobile network subscribers as local traffic.

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As such the SIM boxer bypasses internal call rates and often undercuts tariffs charged by local mobile operators.

At Masanafu in Rubaga Division, UCC enforcement team recovered one sim box with 545 sim cards. Three suspects were arrested.

At Clement Hill Road, one sim box was recovered and two suspects arrested.

At Kasubi, one sim box was recovered and the suspects are still at large.

At Nakawa, two sim boxes were recovered; one with 32 sim cards and another with 1,024 sim cards. One suspect was arrested.

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