Christopher Arko, GNA
Accra, Jan.30 GNA – Mr
Kobena Mensah Woyome, Member of Parliament (MP) for South Tongu has called for
an immediate action to address the rising level of internet fraud using fake
accounts created in the name of MPs and prominent citizens in the country.
According to him the
spate of internet fraud in Ghana was rising at an alarming level, and urgent
action was needed to address the problem.
Mr Woyome made the
call when he presented a statement on the floor of Parliament on the spate of
cyber fraud using fake account created in the name of MPs and other prominent
citizens in the country.
He explained that in
recent times, many Ghanaians mostly the vulnerable and the needy, who are
desperately looking for employment and other educational support have fallen
victims to these scams by these fraud syndicates.
He clarified that
these cyber fraudsters create fake Facebook and other social media accounts in
the names of public officers, especially MPs and other prominent people in
He explained that
these fraudsters download profiles, images and other information of MPs and
other prominent personalities to make the page appear credible and believable,
adding that, in some instances, “it almost impossible to tell, which of the
multiple accounts in the name of the MP is the credible official account”.
Woyome, these fraudsters were taking advantage of the use of the mobile money
transfer system to dupe unsuspecting victims of various sums of money.
“I am one of those
whose profile and images have been used to dupe people and so are other MPs. In
the last few days, I have received several complaints from people who have been
duped with a fake account on Facebook in my name. I have made an official
complaint to the Police about these fraudsters”, he added.
Mr Woyome also
stated that the investigations to uncover the persons behind these fraudulent
acts have been quite slow and nothing substantive had derived from those
investigations by the Police.
He therefore called
on the Speaker, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye to invite the major stakeholders in
the area of cybersecurity, internet fraud and the telecommunication companies
to take swift actions to address this menace.
This he noted would help protect the
vulnerable victims and safeguard the image of Parliament, Parliamentarians,
public institutions as well as prominent citizens.
The Minority Leader,
Haruna Iddrisu commended Mr Kobena Woyome for brining such an important issue
to the fore.
He said as a victim
of cyber fraud, the statement gives him the opportunity to redeem a lost
He explained that
his office had to issue five statements to explain himself that he had nothing
to do with advertisements related to payment of money between GH¢300.00 to
GH¢500.00 for the purpose of recruitment into any institution in the public
Mr Iddrisu also
indicated statistics on cyber cases between 2016- 2018 showed that cybercrime
was growing and portends great danger for the country.
He called for
adequate resourcing and specialised training for the Ghana Police Service to be
able to deal increasing cybercrime cases in the country.
Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader noted that the statement offered
the MPs the platform to disassociate themselves from the manipulations of
fraudsters and criminals outside.
He said the social
media exist to inform, educate and entertain those who access it and had, thus,
come to stay, “but unfortunately, the trend that the social media is assuming
is degenerating into wrong attributions and vilifications as well as compromising
the integrity of persons and institutions”.
The Majority Leader
also indicated that social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and
Twitter were now seriously infested with criminals and fraudsters who pretend
to be representing the interest of persons and institutions that had no
He said these
fraudsters prey on persons outside the country in particular from countries
such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and reiterated the
need for urgent action to address the issue.