ADDIS ABABA – Ethio Telecom has warned its customers against transferring their Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card to a third party.
The warning came as the number of telecom fraud and criminal activities using SIM cards under hidden identities continues to increase.
In a statement sent to The Monitor on Wednesday, the state-run telecom service provider has said customers transfer their SIM cards for unidentified and third-person without knowing the repercussion.
Customer’s failure to notify when they have lost their card is costing the company a huge amount of money and making them liable for criminal activities, it says
The company has been monitoring telecom frauds with the support of modern technology.
But the number of fraud activities is still growing, according to Ethio telecom’s statement.
During the span of the 2019/20 fiscal year which concluded on July 7, the company estimates over 130,000 phone calls conducted illegally.
“This has incurred a loss in the company’s revenue,” Ethio Telecom said.
The telecom company has urged its customers to report when they lose their SIM Card to the company via 994 or inform the nearby Telecom shop.
By Sisay Sahlu