Government has cautioned the general public to be wary of social media accounts posing as public figures and government institutions created with the aim of duping unsuspecting members of the public, ABC News can report.
A statement issued by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah indicated that since August 2019, Ghana’s Security Agencies have recorded a significant upsurge in the use of fake accounts, particularly on Facebook, to swindle unsuspecting citizens to part with various sums of money and other valuable items.
The perpetrators, it explained, mostly create unverified accounts in the names of Public Institutions, Ministers, Members of Parliament and other public figures to execute their agenda.
Those accounts, the statement further indicated, are used as platforms to promise jobs, scholarships, contracts and Senior High School or national service placements.
“In exchange, victims are lured into making advance cash payments to secure the offers,” it said.
The statement indicated that although the Security Agencies and Social Media Service Providers are making the necessary efforts to clamp down on these activities, there is the need for the general public to heighten its sense of awareness on social media to help nip the canker in the bud.
“Though the Security Agencies and Social Media Service Providers are making the necessary efforts to clamp down on these activities, government hereby calls on the general public to heighten its sense of awareness on social media, particularly, when dealing with accounts purporting to be those of government officials,“ it said.
It further advised the public not to “transact any pecuniary business with accounts of government functionaries via social media and encouraged to report such incidents to the Police immediately.”
Government, however, gave an assurance that it shall continue to colaboarte with other stakeholders to deepen cyber security.
Read the full statement below: