EOCO Warns Parents and Students To Be Wary Of Scholarship Scams

The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has encouraged guardians and students to be careful of scholarship plots that demand payments for handling or checking documents, indicating that these are types of scholarship tricks.

“The criminals create a fake scholarship website or scheme and once students with very good grades show interest, they start to ask them for money,” Mrs. Faustina Lartey, the Head of Public Affairs, EOCO, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Tema on Friday.

“Sometimes to the point that they will say you need to pay monies for the verification of your certificate, the truth is no genuine scholarship scheme will ask you to pay money before doing those things.”

Considering the new turn of events, the Office, in a joint effort with the Ghana Education Service, had coordinated a progression of sensitization programs for 24 senior secondary schools in the Volta Region.

The involvements are a part of EOCO’s 2022 training programs on Prohibited Cyber Activities and related matters, which were carried out in two stages, connecting more than 35,000 students from the schools to create consciousness on the good and negatives of the web.

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Addressing hacking, Mrs. Lartey said it included crooks entering individuals’ telephones, electronic gadgets, or databases without their authorization to take delicate data, which they utilized as extortion.

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She said advance expenses extortion, prominently known as 419, was additionally often, where hoodlums requested prepayment “supposed goods” yet wound up duping the people in question.

Another wrongdoing, she referenced, was the assessment result extortion, where fraudsters requested monies to work with the difference in results, adding that certain individuals succumbed to those fraudsters because of ravenousness.

Mrs. Lartey said the expectation that the sensitization projects would empower the students to be kept up to date with the regulations and teach others to keep them from falling casualties.

“Ignorance of the law is no excuse, therefore the need to eschew such activities to avoid being caught up by the laws.”

She encouraged the students and general society to report culprits of digital violations to the EOCO and other policing agencies to face the law and make Ghana liberated from such fraudsters.

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