This is an official press statement by the Honorable Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. It’s specifically meant to caution the general public against the use of fake social media accounts to dupe members of the general public. Below is the full press statement!
“The Government of Ghana wishes to caution against the use of fake social media accounts to dupe members of the general public. These unverified accounts are often created in the name of Public Institutions, Ministers, Members of Parliament, and other Public Figures. The accounts are used as platforms to promise jobs, scholarships, contracts, and Senior High School national service placements. In exchange the victims are lured into making advanced cash payment to secure the offers.
Since August 2019, Ghana’s Security Agencies have recorded a significant upsurge in the use of fake accounts, particularly on Facebook to swindle unsuspected citizens to part with various sums of money and other valuable items.
Though the Security Agencies and the Social Media Service Providers are making the necessary efforts to clump down on these activities, government hereby calls on the general public to highten it’s sense of awareness on social media partitularly when dealing with accounts purporting to be those of government officials.
The public is advised not to transact pecuniary business with accounts of government officials via social media and encouraged to report such incidents to the police immediately. Government and all stakeholders shall continue with collaborations to deepen cbyersecurity”.