The Ghana Police Service has cautioned the public, especially social media users, to be vigilante of people using fake accounts to swindle people of their monies, ABC News can report.
A statement signed by Director-General of the Police Public Affairs Directorate, ACP David Eklu, indicated that unsuspecting people could be scammed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp and even through phone text messages.
“The Police is once again alerting the general public of some criminal activities being committed by faceless people through social media investigations and monitoring on social media, revealed a significant upsurge of fake social media accounts being created particularly through Facebook messages, Whatsapp etc. to swindle unsuspecting members of the public to part with huge sums of money and other valuables,” it said.
These scammers, the statement added, “often operate through social media handles, text messages or call their victims on phone and dupe them of significant amount ranging between Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢500.00) to Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢5,000.00) for supposed services to be rendered”
According to the police, these scammers create social media accounts using “names of public institutions, ministers and public servants” to dupe their victims.
“The fake accounts are mostly created in the names of public institutions, ministers, and Senior Public Servants and other prominent personalities in society by promising their victims of juicy employment opportunities, scholarships, contracts, Senior High School placement, prospective national service, recruitment into the Security Services among others” it added.
Concerns have been raised about the influx of scammers operating on various social media platforms, who adopt all manner of clandestine techniques to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.
Government, last week, advised the public not to transact any form of business with any unverified account supposedly belonging to government officials.
A statement released by the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the caution has become necessary due to the alarming rate of cases, involving the use of fake social media accounts, particularly on Facebook to by some unscrupulous persons to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.
Read the statement by the Police below: