- The Head of the Cybercrime unit of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Dr. Herbert Yankson says cyber fraudsters have swindled Ghana to the tune of $210 million dollars in three years
- According to him, 35 million dollars was lost in 2016, 69 million dollars in 2017 and 105 million dollars in 2018
- He noted that, Sakawa boys who are not educated are duping professors; they are duping people who are supposed to know better
Ghana has lost close to $210 million in the last three years to persons who perpetrate cyber fraud.
This was disclosed by the Head of the Cybercrime Unit of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Dr. Herbert Yankson.
According to him, cases involving cyber fraudsters, locally known as Sakawa boys, swindling people have been on the rise since 2016.
Giving a year-by-year breakdown of how much the country loses as a result of cyber fraud, Dr Yankson said $35 million was lost in 2016.
He further disclosed that $69 million was lost in 2017, while a whopping $105 million dollars was lost in 2018.
These, he said, were figures arrived at from cases that were reported to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters.
That means cases that were not officially reported have not been captured in the figure that has been put out.
“Remember that this might not be the real figures, it just at the CID headquarters and we are trying to establish some of these units in all the regional capitals but we have not been able to do so, currently we only have one in Kumasi that it’s even at the infant stage,” Dr Yankson told Starr FM.
The police chief therefore called for a collaborative effort to help fish out all those guilty of cyber fraud in the country.
He described the growing trend as worrying, adding that the Ghanaian economy could be affected if this menace continues.
“That is very worrying and that is why it is something we need to come together and realize that, this is something that is going to bring the economy down, so we should wake up,” he added.
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