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Cyber thieves wipe out ZWL$1.8m from Kyle Prep bank card

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Cyber thieves wipe out ZWL$1.8m from Kyle Prep bank card


Brilliant Mukaro

MASVINGO -A Chitungwiza man has appeared at Masvingo Magistrate Courts facing charges of allegedly ‘cloning’ a BancABC bank card belonging to Kyle Preparatory school before spending ZWL$1.8million on groceries and fast foods.
It is alleged that Fungai Chirisa (39) and his accomplice identified as Arthur Magungamoyo who is still at large, took a video of Kyle Prep school head Lucy Mukono making a transaction at Masvingo Pick ‘n’ Pay, and captured the card’s bank number and pin. They then ‘cloned’ the card and went on a shopping spree in Bikita and Mutare.The State represented by Tarisai Muvengi told the court that the incident happened at Masvingo Pick n’ Pay on May 10, 2022 at around 12am when Mukono was shopping groceries for the school.

Mukono was given the bank card by the school bursar Edfani Singadi to purchase some food stuffs. Chirisa and Magungamoyo, however, recorded a video of unsuspecting Mukono as she was transacting.
The duo allegedly proceeded to Nyika Growth Point after ‘cloning’ the card and bought groceries worthy $ZWL346 779, 90 at N. Richards and ZWL$450 000 was spent on groceries at Chingwanga Supermarket using the ‘cloned’ card.
The card was again used on May 12, 2022 at Mutigwe shop in Hob House, Mutare to buy goods worth $18 240. On the same day the duo also paid $4 400 at Chicken Inn in Chitepo Street, Mutare, and later goods worth $357 500 were purchased at Mutemi Investments. The last transaction of $1 889 was made at Tembure Chicken Inn Mutare.

The matter was reported to the Police and detectives went to Pick n’ Pay Masvingo and CCTV footage showed Chirisa and Magungamoyo recording Mukono as she paid for the goods she had purchased.
The duo was also seen entering a blue Honda Fit Registration Number AEI 4979. They were also seen on N. Richards Nyika CCTV paying for goods that they had purchased. The total of the stolen money is ZWL$1 756 000 and nothing was recovered.
Magistrate Farai Gwitima remanded Chirisa in custody to July 5, 2022.https://masvingomirror.com

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