Ghana Loses $9.8 Million To Cybercrime And Other Illegal Activities In 2019

Ghana has lost a minimum of $9.8 million to illegal activities last year, as against $105 million dollars the previous year.

Out of the total amount, $6.8 million was lost through fraud, $2.7million lost to intrusion and stealing and the rest to sextortion and child pornography.

The Director of the Cyber Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Dr Gustav Herbert Yankson, pointed out these to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, revealing that 10 cars and $58,000 of the $9.8 million were recovered by the police.

He pointed out that the reported cases to the unit as forgery, cyber fraud, remittance fraud, sextortion and romance fraud among others.

ACP Dr Yankson stated that cybercrime topped the 192 reported cases reported to the unit, last year, representing 47%.

He stated that as part of efforts to reduce the harm in the country, the unit would intensify its public awareness.

 

ACP Dr Yankson emphasized that the unit would also engage Information Technology (IT) professionals to discuss cybersecurity because some of them did not have much knowledge on cybersecurity issues.

He stressed that the unit was advancing due to education on cybersecurity, stating that last year, students in 40 schools were educated on cybercrime and how to prevent them.

ACP Dr Yankson said the Bank of Ghana has directed financial institutions to stick to cybersecurity policy to ensure safety.

He stated that for the past two years, the Ghana Police Service has trained more than 1,700 investigators to be able to investigate and handle electronic devices effectively.

ACP Yankson encouraged the public to adopt security measures to protect their cyberspace and asked institutions to invest more in cybersecurity.

He stated cyber crimes negative effects on businesses and the country’s economy and appealed to journalists to partner with the police in its awareness drive.

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