The Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, has expressed concern over the increasing number of Zambians losing huge sums of money reported to be over K2.5 million so far through online platforms.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says the Mission has in the recent months recorded several complaints of Zambians being scammed in trade related transactions.

He said the majority of victims were being scammed while trying to purchase agricultural implements, vehicle spare parts and home furniture from scammers posing as online suppliers.

Maj Gen Miti said it was important for Zambians wishing to purchase goods online from South Africa to verify the authenticity of the companies they were dealing with before making payment.

Maj Gen Miti said it was unfortunate that most victims of online scams had reported matters to the Mission after being swindled.

He has since encouraged Zambians to seek guidance from the Mission whenever they planned to purchase anything online from South Africa.

This is according to statement issued by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission South Africa, Naomi Nyawali.