Police cautions Ghanaians against cyber crime

Police cautions Ghanaians against cyber crime

- The Ghana Police Service has cautioned the public against the activities of cyber criminals

- It has been revealed that the threat to Ghana’s cyber-security space is through social engineering

The Cyber-Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has cautioned the public against the activities of cyber criminals.

Head of the Cyber-crime unit, Dr Herbert Gustav Yankson said the main threat to Ghana’s cyber-security space is through social engineering. He said the situation is worrying as it has been taken for granted for long.

Social engineering crimes involve the use of deceit in order to obtain confidential identification information.

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Dr Yankson made this known at a workshop to mark; “Girls in ICT Day” in Accra.

He said often times, the scammers employ a fake survey or other social study devices that would lead the person to believe that the survey was real.

He added that it could occur through telephone calls, e-mail or other computer communications, social media websites and text messages.

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Dr. Yankson also noted that sextortion ranked third accounting for 15 per cent of all the cases.

“The threat to our cyber security in this country is through social engineering, and that is what we should be working on,” he added.

He disclosed that in 2018, Ghana lost 105 million dollars to cybercrime where fraud consisted 21 million dollars and sextortion cost victims some 49,000 dollars.

Meaning that the total of about 22 million dollars was taken away from victims through social engineering.

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