Scandal exposed

The scam involving at least five suspects has cost Telecom Namibia, a parastatal, between N$1 million and N$2 million. The suspects were using and selling phone cards believed to have been printed in China or Japan. The N$100 phone card has a dragon printed on it. Apart from the phone cards, the Asians devised a way of making international calls bypassing the Telecom Namibia metering system. They were using a dedicated internet system called Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) that allows people to make calls using the internet. Internet phone-calls, which are illegal in Namibia, are as cheap as browsing the Internet. Police in conjunction with officials from Telecom Namibia on Friday raided a shop in Hidas Centre in Klein Windhoek where hundred of counterfeit flexicards were seized. Another house was raided in Khomasdal residential area where computers believed to have been used to make international calls were found. Two more houses were found with similar gadgets resulting in four men and a woman being apprehended to help the police with investigations They were likely to be charged with fraud and contravening the Postal and Telecommunication Act of 1992. In a Press release Telecom Namibia announced that according to the Act anyone wishing to offer telecommunication services must get a license from Namibian Communication Commission (NCC).

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