Michael Werikhe, the State Minister for Trade has asked companies selling cars online to be aware of hackers that would enter their systems and dupe their unsuspecting customers.
Werikhe made the remarks on Friday during a function at which Nikkyo, a Japanese car exporting company joined with Ssenkuba Trading and Sima Car Centre as its local agents.
“Because online car trading involves the use of internet, some unscrupulous people can hack into the company website and dupe unsuspecting customers,”Werikhe said.
A number of people have in the past been duped through the internet and lost huge sums of money by creating fake websites and facebook accounts.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga last month said fraudsters use phony profiles including website purporting to be authentic and on opening, one’s data is accessed.
“They dupe their targets into paying money, revealing personal information and gaining access to computers and bank accounts,”Enanga said.
Speaking at Imperial Royale on Friday, Minister Werikhe urged companies selling cars online to put in place measures that would protect their customers and other members of the public.
He however applauded companies like Nikkyo have made the right choice to use the internet to widen their business because it is the direction that the world is moving to.
“Uganda is now moving from analogue to digital. You can use the internet to overcome barriers of distance and it costs less,”Werikhe said.
The minister said government has put in place an enabling environment for business to thrive in the country, urging everyone to embrace it.
Leo Sera, the Chief Executive Officer for Nikkyo said coming to Uganda will help them extend business to neighbouring countries where they have not yet reached.
“Uganda is in the centre of Africa that we can base here to conquer other potential markets including South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda,” Sera said.
He noted that they would also contribute to Uganda’s development through creation of employment to Ugandans.
Badru Ssenkuba, the Nikkyo local manager for Uganda they would be offering affordable car sales services to locals.
“As one of our incentives, one will be able to pay only 30% of the value of the car and complete the balance later,”Ssenkuba said.
“One can access our website at www.nikkyocars.com to be able to enjoy the services.”