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POLICE CAUTIONS PUBLIC - Over impersonation of Ministers, MPs, others

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The Ghna Police Service has urged the public to be wary of various fake social media accounts of public officials, politicians and high profile personalities created or duplicated by others and used to dupe unsuspecting persons.

The Ghna Police Service has urged the public to be wary of various fake social media accounts of public officials, politicians and high profile personalities created or duplicated by others and used to dupe unsuspecting persons.

 

According to a release signed by ACP David Eklu of the Public Affairs of the Service, “some fraudsters create or duplicate the accounts or websites of these personalities and their offices and provide telephone numbers which they use to make direct contact with innocent persons; promising them ‘goodies’ such as recruitment into the public service, auction sale of state vehicles among others.”

This, the release added, is done to make gullible individuals part away with money and valuables with the belief that they are dealing with the real persons.

According to the release, the service is currently investigating a number of such reports, “including a complaint lodged by the Director of Communications at the Office of the President.”

The Service added that an imposter parading himself as the Director of Communications had been assuring his victims that once they paid him a specific amount of money, he would secure them positions in government.

“Police wants the public to take precautionary measures such as verifying websites, social media accounts, telephone numbers and the persons behind them before parting with money, valuable information and property,” stated the release.

It further urged the public to promptly report to the nearest police station any fraudulent actions related to social media or otherwise for investigation.

It appears Mr Arhin is not the only politician to have suffered similar act.

Recently, founder of Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, warned the public, especially Facebook users, that a supposed post coming from the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, was fake.

The post made on December 31, last year, read, “Are you a senior high graduated or university graduated if your answer is yes take your phone and call or whatsapp Minister Mr Ken Ofori Atta on 0247292813. Are you looking for bank work, office work, bodyguard, police officer, emigration office, army sportsman or woman anything all and many more call 0237292813.”

Mr Otchere Darko asked the public to ignore the post, even with some observers questioning the substandard English being used.

“Ignore all Facebook pages in the name of Ken. He does not have a Facebook page. He does not even use his WhatsApp feature on his phone,” Mr Otchere Darko pointed out.

The likes of Alhassan Suhuyini, MP for Tamale North, late President Mills and popular Ghanaian footballers, Kwadwo Asamoah, and Skipper Asamoah Gyan, have all suffered similar fate.

In the case of the Tamale North MP, 26-year-old Seidu Nurudeen was apprehended by the Tamale Police for allegedly using Facebook to defraud unsuspecting Ghanaians.

Seidu Nurudeen admitted using a fake Facebook account to defraud people under the pretense of getting them jobs and solving their problems through the MP.

The skipper of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, for his part, cautioned the public to disregard any account on Facebook bearing his name because he does not have a Facebook account.

There is an account on Facebook bearing the name of the skipper. The account shares photos of his training sessions gives daily updates on what the skipper has been up to.

“Me I don't have a Facebook account. All Ghanaians me I don't have any Facebook account if you see any account bearing my name then it is a scam,” he warned.