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Beware of fake social media accounts of high profile people—Police to public

The Ghana Police Service has cautioned the public to beware of fake duplicated social media accounts of high profile personalities, including public officials and politicians.

According to the police, some unscrupulous individuals are hiding behind such fake social media accounts to dupe the unsuspecting public.

In a statement issued and signed by the Director-General of police Public Affairs, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr David Eklu on Tuesday said “the public is being alerted of a social media trend where social media accounts of public officials, politicians and high profile personalities are created or duplicated by others and used to dupe the unsuspecting public”.ACP Eklu explained that “some fraudsters create or duplicate the accounts or websites of these personalities and their offices and provide telephone numbers which they use to make direct contact with innocent persons; promising them “goodies” such as recruitment into the public services, auction sale of state vehicles among others”.

That, he said, the criminals engaged in such acts “to lure innocent persons to part away with money and valuables, believing that they are dealing with persons with influence”.

He said the police is currently investigating a number of such reports, including a complaint lodged by the Director of Communications at the Office of the President; Mr. Eugene Arhin who has been impersonated with the imposter assuring his victims of several rewards such as securing positions in government for them, once they part with varied sums of money.

“Police wants the public to take precautionary measures such as verifying websites, social media accounts, telephone numbers and the persons behind them before parting with money, valuable information and property”, ACP Eklu cautioned the public.

He, however, entreated the public to promptly report to the nearest police station any fraudulent actions related to social media or otherwise for investigation.

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