The use of women to lure men into being robbed has been known for a while.
However, there is a new trend of women actually participating in robbery, spying, blackmail and extortion. Be careful of that charming stranger next to you.
Security has arrested a one Alice over allegations of blackmail, spying and extortion. Alice was arrested from Mukono district yesterday and she is currently under detention.
Yesterday, we report that security was hunting gang of con-stars who have been on the run. Prominent on the list was the couple who has been blackmailing and extorting money from prominent citizens.
Security identified the duo as a one Alice and Diini.
The majority of cases involve theft of millions of shillings through trickery and impersonation, several of whom involve women.
Their victims include foreigners, NGOs, prominent citizens, army, banks, hospitals and Catholic missions.
According to security, Diini and Alice have been running a huge extortion racket targeting citizens using voice manipulation and Photoshop.
“They have been using free voice changer software which is capable of converting voice to suit their target. They have also been using photoshop to manipulate pictures to suit their victims,” a security sources privy with the investigations said.
The couple is said to be on the run. Diini was arrested last week while Alice has been on the run.
She was smoked out yesterday from a hotel in Mukono where she has been hiding.
She was found with materials of high value related to blackmail, spying for a neighboring country, and extortion among other things.
She was also found with a list of high profile people this gang of women has been targeting.
”These women have been trying to follow up high profile people to either blackmail or harm them,” the source said.
The other women in the racket include Aisha Namukasa, 26, of Masanafu, Grace Nakamya, Madina Nakintu, 33, a bar woman at Wandegeya, Anna Tumuhirwe and Rosette Nakayaga from Lugala were behind some of the recent
The five women roamed every part of Uganda, stealing from different blackmail different people.
Their mission would sometimes extend to drinking places where they lured wealthy patrons.
The use of women as decoys is fast becoming a trend in the criminal world, and the Police is warning the public to be more careful.
The main victims are unsuspecting men, but after so many stories of these otherwise genteel creatures, men are weary, finding it hard to give lifts to even those who genuinely deserve one.
Godfrey Musana, the Deputy Director Criminal Investigations recently warned of a new extortion racket.
Musana said there has emerged an organized criminal gang comprising of women and men who have resorted to blackmailing their victims to extort money from them. He said the gang targets prominent businessmen, politicians and local celebrities.
According to Musana, potential victims of the extortion racket are set up by a group of young women and lured into hotel rooms with hidden cameras.
He said the suspects then use the video footage with threats to expose them in the media to blackmail their victims and extort huge sums of money from them.
Musana said police is already investigating some of the suspects connected to the extortion racket after they blackmailed some official from a ministry, he didn’t disclose.
According to Musana he is handling two such cases where people were lured and their pictures taken but shortly after some people turned up to demand for money or else they expose them in the media.
He said some of the suspects are witch doctors, who isolate their victims to ensure there are no potential witnesses.
He also decried cases where people have been cheated of their properties like cars, houses and land by money lenders.
He said borrowers are made to write an agreement showing that they have sold their properties at a higher value than what they actually borrowed.