Zambia’s Ambassador to Japan, Tobias Mulimbika, has expressed concern over the escalating cases of online motor vehicle fraud involving the purchase of used Japanese vehicles destined for Zambia.
Mulimbika urged citizens to conduct thorough due diligence of motor vehicle sellers before making online payments to avoid losing huge sums of money.
The Ambassador said this in a statement issued by Faith Chilube, the First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambia mission in Japan.
He said the Zambian Embassy in Tokyo had recorded an increase in the number of such cases and attributed the vice to lack of information by citizens.
“The Embassy may be contacted for verification purposes before making payments unlike after a person has been a victim of fraud,” Mulimbika said.
He said it was regrettable that Zambians had continued to lose large sums of money in such a manner.
“Let people verify details of the sellers to avoid being scammed. It is very difficult to recover the money as most of the purported sellers may not have a verified physical address in Japan and operated off-shore”, he said.
Mulimbika further urged the citizens to always conduct online motor purchases through reputable companies that were traceable.
He further urged prospective buyers to always check with the Japan Used Motor Vehicles Exporters Association for some of the reputable and credible companies regulated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
“The Mission has continued to engage the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Interpole on how best such cases may be addressed to promote trade between the two countries,” Mulimbika said.
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