The Government of Ghana has cautioned against the use of fake social media accounts to dupe members of the general public.

According to the government, these unverified accounts are mostly created in the names of Public Institutions, Ministers, Members of Parliament and other public figures.

A statement signed by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said “The accounts are used as platforms to promise jobs, scholarships, contracts and senior high school/national service placements.

“In exchange, victims are lured into making advance cash payments to secure the offers.”

Below is the full statement

CAUTION AGAINST FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS.

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 mostly created in the names 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, victims are lured into making advance cash payments 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 unsuspecting citizens to part with various sums of money and other valuable items.

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.

The public is advised 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 and all other stakeholders shall continue with collaborations to deepen cybersecurity

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