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Regulator warns against ‘missed call scam’ in Congo.

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The Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Agency (ARPCE) in the Republic of Congo has recorded an upsurge in fraud involving missed calls in the country.

“For the past few months, a form of telephone fraud has been rampant in Congo, the Wangiri, also known as missed call fraud, ‘’ the ARPCE said.

Wangiri is a Japanese term meaning “ring and cut”.

In some cases, victims receive a call that is interrupted after the first ring.

The display shows a missed call with an unknown phone number. By calling back this number, victims find themselves on a pay phone number and their telephone credit is debited.

Another variant of the scam is to send victims a text message asking them to call.

‘‘When doing so, they come across a premium rate number or a caller who will try to make the call last as long as possible and the costs can be exorbitant,” explains the Congolese regulator, who adds that several cases are increasingly being observed in Congo, and the Seychelles or Latvia dialing codes are most often used.

To guard against this, ARPCE advises subscribers not to call back numbers they don’t know.

‘‘If a caller is really trying to reach you, they will call you back or send you a message!’‘

The regulator urges subscribers in Congo to report calls that they find bizarre to their operator’s customer service by calling 121 for Airtel Congo Brazzaville and 123 for MTNCongo.

They can also contact the ARPCE Consumer Response Centre at 5050, a toll-free number for all operators.

Scammers typically get phone numbers of their potential victims from ‘information that users freely offer while signing up for applications and contests online’.

Scammers also sell contact details of all the people who call back, as they are thought to be susceptible to scams.

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UN reports about 900 fatalities in DR Congo’s ethnic violence.

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The united nations report that at least 890 people were killed in over just 3 days in ethnic violence in western DRC in mid-december.

The UN Human Rights Office reports the violence took place in four villages between Banunu and Batende communities.



The UN however warns the death toll could be higher. But there seems to be conflicting death tolls for the violence.

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A local priest and a civil society activist earlier in the week said at least 400 people had died in bloodshed that even led to the government canceling voting in last month’s presidential polls.

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The UN insists that 890 is the number of people known to have been buried.

The recent attack from the ethnic clashes in Yumbi, Mai-Ndombe Province allegedly started when members of the Banunu tribe wanted to bury one of their traditional chiefs on Batende land.

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Britain, UN worry over Internet shutdown in Zimbabwe.

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In the wake of deadly protests against a fuel price hike, and an ongoing internet shutdown in Zimbabwe, the United Nations has urged the government to stop “excessive use of force” by security forces including firing live ammunition.

The government has said three people died during demonstrations that broke out on Monday after President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel prices by 150 percent.

Lawyers and activists say the toll was much higher and that security forces used violence and carried out mass arrests to quell the unrest.



The internet was cut off earlier this week, with critics saying the government sought to prevent images of its heavy-handedness in dealing with protesters from being broadcast around the world.

Leading mobile operator Econet Wireless said the government had ordered it to shut down services.

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“We were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice,” Econet said in a statement.

“Our lawyers advised that we are required to comply with the directive pending the court’s decision on its legality.”

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Friday’s fuller internet shutdown also affected emails.

Due to the shutdown, Harare banks were providing only partial services and no cash machines were working, a witness said, while long queues formed at petrol stations and shops.

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