Tag: safaricom

Outsmarting MPESA Fraudsters

Just read a fascinating paper titled ‘Why do Nigerian Scammers Say they are from Nigeria? authored by Cormac Herley from Microsoft Research. The paper explores strategies employed by scammers to maximize returns on spam e-mails sent to millions of people around the world. The more intriguing aspect emanates from the use of machine learning techniques ...


The Unintended Consequence of Bonga Points

There is no doubt in our minds that bonga points like other loyalty programs is a novelty and contributes towards customer satisfaction and retention. The extent to which only affect micr0-economic factors of a company. However, when Safaricom made bonga points transferable to other subscribers and redeemable phones and computer accessories (elastic goods), they exposed the ...


Breaking Safaricom Scratch Card Code

Almost two years ago, Safaricom Ltd extended the scratch card code from 12 digits to 16 in-order to increase the computational time required to break the code thereby making them more secure. However, system theory acknowledges that systems expose their weaknesses at points of change. I set to find out if the move to higher ...


My Guinness World Record Attempt

Almost a year ago, I undertook an enormous task of collecting and analyzing Safaricom scratch cards. The ordeal saw me collect large amounts of Safaricom scratch cards that fitted in a box, then my thought ran “wow, these cards are too many I may as well enter them for Guinness World Record for the largest ...