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Harare man hacks into CABS system, steals US$8,000

By Chikomborero Chinyani

An 18-year-old man allegedly hacked into CABS’s e-commerce online platform which he used to unlawfully purchase goods worth over US$8 000 from several supermarkets.

Allan Macdonald Makoni was only arrested on Monday after he wanted to collect goods from Spar Braeside.

Makoni who is being represented by Norman Mugiya, was not asked to plead to fraud alternatively unauthorised use or possession of credit or debit cards and money laundering charges when he appeared before Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.

He appeared in court without his alleged accomplice who is believed to be on the run in the United Kingdom.

Makoni was released out of custody to April 22 on $1000 bail.

State led by prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa, alleges that from February 6 to March 9 this year, Makoni connived with his Munyaradzi Mangoma to steal money from several account holders.

It is said that they would obtain bank card information and unlawfully make online payments on Spar Ecommerce and purchased several goods mostly in Harare.

The court heard that during that period, CABS multi-pay solutions fraud department received some mastercard chargebacks from different cards and one of them had been used to transact at Spar Zimbabwe Ecommerce website on several occasions.

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It is claimed Makoni would go and collect the purchased items and deliver them in Greendale. 

Last Monday, Makoni was arrested after he went to Spar Braeside to collect goods worth US$522.

Further allegations are that of the total goods worth US$8 745, only those valued US$2 453 were recovered. – Zimbabwe Voice

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