Police in Mulanje have cautioned the public to be alert as some people are using tricks to steal money from others.
The police say they have, of late, noted that many people have been duped by the tricksters.
Mulanje Police Station spokesperson Gresham Ngwira said, for instance, some of the tricksters pose as agents of mobile phone companies and dupe people into giving them money in exchange of services such as opening of mobile money accounts while others come with claims of how a particular relation staying in a foreign country has sent items which requiring clearance.
“We advise the public to be on guard against trickery. People should always alert police or other relevant authorities when they come across such cases,” he said.
Mulanje Police Station has recently recorded several cases of theft by trick. In July this year, police in the district arrested Kenala Makina, 22, from Chimwala Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mabuka in Mulanje for obtaining money by false pretence and impersonation.
According to police, Makina approached group village head (GVH) Chinyama and told him that he is a TNM agent on a mission to set up village committees.
Police said Makina told the traditional leader that he was going to collect K400 from every family as a contribution towards a hunger alleviation project which TNM was conducting at that time in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP).
“The chief got convinced and arranged that Makina comes back on July 8 2016 to get the money. He then collected K36 000 from some of his subjects but others became suspicious and informed the police. Makina was arrested when he came to collect the money,” said Ngwira in an earlier interview.