Safaricom will now notify you if someone tries to register new sim using your ID
Cases of one registering a Safaricom Sim card using your Identity Card number will soon be subdued after Safaricom rolled out the new SMS security feature that notifies one of new sim registration.
The campaign dubbed ‘Tuwaanike’ (Let’s uncover them) will see customers receive messages from number 707 on their handsets that alerts them that someone is trying to register a new sim using their ID cards after which they can allow or send NO if the process is carried out by an unauthorized individual. Safaricom says the new feature will help curb frauds or scams that may be carried out without the knowledge of the identity card owners.
We’ve all noticed how easy it is to get people’s ID numbers and full names. In one way or the other, we’ve interacted in government offices, MPESA shops, and academic institutions where you are given a list to write your name, ID card number, or any other private details, say you are applying for a job, intake or something. It is impossible to prevent the ones that come after you from seeing your written details. I hope Safaricom will sponsor the new security feature to help all their subscribers know how they can stop the unauthorized registration of new sim cards with their ID numbers especially those in the village.
Safaricom is in the process of rolling out two million numbers with prefix 01**. The Communication Authority of Kenya announced in 2019 that the 07** prefixes had exhausted. The telecommunication company currently has 28.63 million one month active overall customers, 24.91 million on MPESA, and 19.62M active chargeable mobile data customers.