Police Pull Down 973 Fake Social Media Accounts of MPs, Ambassadors After Anti-Cyber Fraud Operation

Police Pull Down 973 Fake Social Media Accounts of MPs, Ambassadors After Anti-Cyber Fraud Operation

  • The police have announced that some 973 fake social media accounts in the names of ministers, MPs and ambassadors created by cyber fraudsters have been pulled down
  • Police said 12 suspected criminals have been arrested while they pursue 25 others
  • Police disclosed in a statement on Thursday, March 2, 2023, that 62 of the fake social media accounts were created in the names of security officials

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The cybercrime division of the Ghana police has pulled down some 973 fake social media accounts created by cyber fraudsters after a cyber-intelligence operation.

The sustained operation, police have said in a statement released on Thursday, March 2, 2023, also resulted in the arrest of 12 people suspected of being involved in cyber-related crimes.

“785 of the fake accounts were in the names of MPs, 62 in the names of security officials,136 for Ministers of State, Ambassadors and some heads of institutions,” the statement by the police said.

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Cyber fraudsters have been arrested in an intelligence-led operation after faking social media accounts of MPs and government ministers.
Stock photos depicting arrest and cyber fraudsters. Source: Getty Images.
Source: Getty Images

Some 25 other suspected cyber fraudsters are also being pursued.

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Police said the cyber criminal syndicate use these fake social media accounts to impersonate or hack into the accounts of other prominent persons.

It said by posing as heads of government institutions and corporate entities and MPsthe criminals defrauded people of various sums of money by promising them jobs and scholarships.

The statement said cyber fraudsters sometimes publish fake promotional advertisements and sell products among others.

Police have identified the 12 suspected cyber fraudsters arrested in the recent operation as follows:

  1. Gideon Kove alias Billions,
  2. Felicia Nanewortor,
  3. Carl Kristal,
  4. Safari Zatey,
  5. Eric Acquah alias Cent Mona,
  6. Richard Agbadzi,
  7. Isaac Dortsue alias Barajah,
  8. Samuel Gadre,
  9. Moses Otchie alias Razak,
  10. Yonnah Boso,
  11. Sterling Kwame Doe and
  12. Wisdom Tornyie

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They are assisting with the ongoing investigation into cyber crime activities and would soon be put before the court, police said.

Police have said anyone who has been a victim of cyber fraud should call 0249850601, a dedicated number for cyber-related crimes, for assistance.

6 members of a stealing syndicate at Lands Commission busted

YEN.com.gh reported in a separate story that the Lands Commission, the state agency responsible for registering and administering public and private lands, is in the news again for a crime-related incident.

Some 16 employees of the company said to be part of a 21 syndicate, have been busted after they stole GHȼ100 million.

According to a report published on March 1, 2023, ten of the 16 people have been interdicted while the remaining five members of the syndicate have gone into hiding.

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