We are working to make mobile fraud expensive – Laryea

Derek Laryea

Mr Derek Laryea, Head, Research and Communications Unit, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has said the Chamber is working with stakeholders to make mobile fraud an expensive venture.

He said the Chamber was considering the blocking of phones used in such transactions and blacklisting the identity of such users across all telecommunication networks.

This is because persons who indulged in fraud using mobile phones did not find it costly when their chips were blocked because the chip costs only GHC 1.00

Mr Laryea said this at a forum held in Accra to discuss Mobile Money Fraud and the way Forward,” at a Cybersecurity workshop.

He said the systems handling Mobile Money transaction were secured, but most people fell victim to fraudsters due to vulnerabilities on their side and said efforts were underway to make the venture costly and unprofitable.

Mr Godwin Kwami Tamakloe, Senior Manager, Risk compliance and Anti-Money Laundering, MTN Ghana, said MTN had invested about 2.5 million dollars into Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to upgrade its existing technology to track down the identity of such fraudsters.

He said in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, over 50 persons had been arrested for their involvement in Mobile Money related crimes and names of such persons would be published to deter persons indulging in such activities.

Mr Tamakloe said the collaboration would build the trust of the populace in Service providers.

Dr Herbert G. Yankson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Director of Cyber Crime, Crime Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, said there was the need for stakeholders to intensify education, targeting all sectors of the economy, saying, records had shown that number of cases recorded at his office had reduced from 93,000 in 2018 to 49,000 as at June, 2020.

He called for collaboration between the telecommunications service providers and the Police Service to facilitate data sharing to enable quick arrest of offenders.

Mr Eric Kwaku Mensah, Acting Head of Technical Operations, e-Crime Bureau said mobile phone users should avoid filling push prompt notifications, which demanded their pin codes because that was the new technique being used by fraudsters.

He advised them to report issues to the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) through its short code 292 or to the mobile networks immediately.

Mr Kwame Agyapong Oppong, Head of Fintech and Innovations, Bank of Ghana, said there was the need for an upgrade in the identification structure of citizens to enable easy sharing of information across institutions to fight such crimes.

He advised the public to “Report incident of attempt fraud or fraud early without delay.”

Source: GNA

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