Communication Experts have told New Age Ibrahim Samura that the trade ‘Simbox’ is widespread and has caused government and mobile operators losing millions of dollars.

They say it is difficult for SIMBOX fraudsters to enjoyably succeed without the due connivance of communication insiders.

And sources say the fraudsters may have been getting supports from unknown Russian operatives, who, in connivance with certain unscrupulous forces, have been milking dry the country of its needed revenue.

Meanwhile, Airtel which Network is most targeted has said such a fraud may not be unconnected to Simbox, but assured ‘moves are underway to have the perpetrators fished out and brought to book.’

Samuella, Airtel’s Public Relations Person admits Simbox has been a pain in their necks, and that as a company, they (Airtel) would certainly not take a softer line of approach but selflessly work in partnership with NATCOM to fish out persons involved in such a trade.

Although Samuella denied that the tapping of subscribers’ numbers by unknown fraudsters has nothing to do with terrorism, our findings are that terrorists may equally also use such a means to recruit people.

Sierra Leoneans using the Airtel network have expressed concern over communication insecurity vis-à-vis calls and messages frequently received from numbers bearing codes of countries the likes of Nicaragua, New Papua Guinea, others etc.

Their fears are that in this day and age where apparently terrorism is of world concern, they (Airtel subscribers) have been troubled with the frequency of such calls and have blamed country’s regulatory body for given a blind eye to issues of economic and security concerns.

This, they say, has created grave panic amongst considerable number of Airtel mobile users.

Aminata Baryoh, a subscriber, explained how for every two/three days she will receive calls from unknown numbers and from countries she neither has a relative nor a friend.

Momoh Sesay equally has expressed frustration over what he called: “an out of the ordinary calls” to his Airtel number, which according to him, is endangering his privacy and exposing him to insecurity.

“It is either someone is hacking us or Airtel as a company has exposed us to would-be terrorists. We are certainly not safe at all,” he said.

It could be recalled that in March this year, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), fewer civil society organizations, mobile operators and service providers (Airtel, Africell, ONLIME, Iptel, Sierratel) met at the Bintumani hotel hall, where incidentally they agreed on %50 tariff increment on voice calls on the pretext that within four months they (the operators/service providers) will necessarily improve on their networks.

But that in just two months of such an undertaking, numbers believed to be terrorists prone have had enjoying times tapping private numbers of hundreds of Airtel subscribers, in a manner completely suspicious as they do things uncalled for of society unrestricted.

Our attention is also drawn to the frequently used strange numbers as we here published same verbatim: +675708894113, +67570897812, +232722258384, etc.

Abdul Kuyateh, Director of Corporate Affairs at NATCOM admits his commission has had timeless moments fishing out Simbox fraudsters for prosecution.

He said NATCOM has even set aside a whooping fifty million leones ransom for person (s) helping in the arrest of any such fraudsters.

More on this next edition.


  • May 22, 2017 at 11:12 am


    WeirdNest kamara/sisay/koroma you have sold everything, the soul of the country, like your personal properties, sold drugs, sold all the country’s resources to foreigners, Chinese, Lebanese, foreign co-operations, his ministers heavily involve in the drug trafficking, human trafficking and finally SADLONE HAS BECOME THE PRIVATE PROPERTIES OF WeirdNest kamara/sisay/koroma and everything that is NOW SADLONE IS FOR THE BLESSING, COMFORT AND DICTATE OF THIS ALMIGHT APE WEIRDNEST KOROMA.

    Is it now that these foolishly ignorant sadlone apes and monkeys, just realising the selling of their country to foreigners, Chinese, Lebanese and what else have you!!!????<<<. Sierra Leone from your highly esteem PREZ DR WeirdNest kamara/sisay/koroma down to members of the parliament, permanent secretaries, whole lots of the civil services, private sectors down to the watchman and down the 85% under employment IN THE COUNTRY, are rottenly incompetent, senselessly corrupt and dishoNEST APES, THE FACE WEIRDNEST KOROMA SHOW TO THE WORLD OF SADLONE.

    The folks of sadlone have brought this curse on to themselves, sadlone folk tends to be truly Reactive and Impulsive and lacking the capacity to be reflective and retrospective.

    ''Have we Sierra Leoneans quickly forgetting our recent political genealogical records HISTORY!?<''. Them let me remind these apes in some simplest model:-
    -**Siaka Thievens whose all children are today sadlone *ambassadors to Germany, and the United States, and elsewhere. These sons of a thief the like of siaka thievens's sons and Vector Foe should have been in PRISONS AND NOT AMBASSODORS AFTER THE WHOLE SALE STEALING AND destruction of our nation. Down to today they keeps us their SLAVES And PROPERTIES, THEY CAN DO WHAT EVER THEY WANT WITH SADLONE IS THEIR SOLE RIGHTFULLY RIGHT.. SAD FOLKS.

    -Siaka Thievens + Sorry i Koroma + Momoh Saidu Sisay + Baimba Bai Kamara + Foday Sankoh + Johnny Paul Koroma + WeirdNest Bai kamara/sisay/koroma?< These are the genealogical records of these APE-HUMANOIDs OF VAIN VANITIES**.IN SIERRA LEONE.

    He can even live forever as sadlone is his ''Little Ignorant Tenminee Kingdom Of Apes''. Where he is going to leaves us with his ''Tenminee apee ignorant Children-justice freeslum dorty/plague kamara (jfk) and this little limba monkey Yohn Sisay.

    That's a real pathetic crises for the country and it's electorates. Is it because the people had become slaves onto themselves!?. Or is it that the people are fast becoming zombies apes. SAD.

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  • May 24, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Africa and it’s Corrupt, Incompetent, Brainless, Appalling and Foolishly Suicidal Leadership!<?.

    More wealth leaves Africa every year than enters it – by more than $40bn (£31bn) – according to research that challenges “misleading” perceptions of foreign aid.

    Analysis by a coalition of UK and African equality and development campaigners including Global Justice Now, published on Wednesday, claims the rest of the world is profiting more than most African citizens from the continent’s wealth.

    It said African countries received $162bn in 2015, mainly in loans, aid and personal remittances. But in the same year, $203bn was taken from the continent, either directly through multinationals repatriating profits and illegally moving money into tax havens, or by costs imposed by the rest of the world through climate change adaptation and mitigation.

    This led to an annual financial deficit of $41.3bn from the 47 African countries where many people remain trapped in perpetual poverty by their own Leadership, according to the report, Honest Accounts 2017. Sierra Leone is a typical archetypal case in optic.

    The campaigners said illicit financial flows, defined as the illegal movement of cash between countries, account for $68bn a year, three times as much as the $19bn Africa receives in aid.

    Tim Jones, an economist from the Jubilee Debt Campaign, said: “The key message we want to get across is that more money flows out of Africa than goes in, and if we are to address poverty and income inequality we have to help to get it back from their own insensitively Leaders who Bank all the wealth in foreign lands and banks and build castles on sand.”

    The key factors contributing to this inequality include unjust debt payments and multinational companies hiding proceeds through tax avoidance, corruption and a massive grossly misuse of their citizens and country's natural wealth by their own Leadership, he said. The Leadership in SIERRA LEONE is a good case in optic.

    African governments received $32bn in loans in 2015, but paid more than half of that – $18bn – in debt interest, with the level of debt rising rapidly.

    The prevailing narrative, where rich country governments say their foreign aid is
    helping Africa, is “a distraction and misleading”, the campaigners said.

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