- The Director of Cyber Crime, Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D) of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Dr. Herbert Gustav Yankson, has called for an enhanced collaboration between stakeholders in the telecommunication industry in the fight against mobile money fraud.
He made the call during his presentation as a panel member at a Cyber Security Workshop on Mobile Money Fraud as part of activities marking the National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
ACP. Yankson observed that depending on the Ghana Police Service alone may not be an effective way to clamp down on the increased activities of mobile money fraudsters.
He recounted how a joint effort between the police service and other stakeholders particularly MTN, has led to successful arrests and prosecution of many perpetrators of mobile money fraud.
He also said there is the need for increased education to create public awareness on the activities of mobile money fraudsters.
ACP. Yankson noted that mobile money fraud is not one of the highly sophisticated cyber crimes and believes that a lot of incidents of mobile money fraud could be prevented if subscribers were aware of the right information through conscious education.
He therefore called on the telecommunication operators to embark on a massive awareness creation exercise that seeks to sensitize the general public on the mobile money platform; in terms of how it operates as well as the safety of their pins.
Meanwhile, Senior Manager for MTN Mobile Money Compliance, Godwin Tamakloe, has assured subscribers that a lot is being done from the side of the service provider to ensure their service and platforms are safe for use.
He stated that MTN Ghana is “spending over 2.5 million dollars to secure a platform with artificial intelligence and machine learning features that will enhance the monitoring and detection of activities of fraudsters on their platform.
Additionally, Mr. Tamakloe hinted that so far, over 50 people have been arrested this year and plans are in place to ensure they are published and prosecuted where necessary.