Failing to Reverse M-Pesa Wrongly Sent to You will Cost You Sh200,000 or Two Years in Jail

Failing to reverse an M-Pesa transaction done by mistake will see you pay a Sh200,000 fine or be jailed for two years, or both.

This is according to Computer and Cyber Crimes Act, 2018 which President Uhuru Kenyatta ratified on Wednesday.

Section 34 of the Act targets those who intentionally hide or hold electronic messages, electronic payments, credit and debit card details sent in error.

Section 36 states that a person who unlawfully destroys or aborts any electronic email or processes through which money or information is being conveyed commits an offence.

The law also states that inducing any person in charge of electronic devices to deliver any electronic messages not specifically meant for someone is an offence.

Last year, a woman was jailed in Embu for six months for using Sh27,140 that was accidentally sent to her M-Pesa account.

 

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