The Member of Parliament for South Tongu Constituency, Hon. Kobena Mensah Woyome, has urged Parliament to invite telecommunication companies (telcos) and stakeholders in charge of Cybersecurity, to find effective means of addressing cyber crimes and internet fraud in Ghana
This, He said would help protect the vulnerable, public institutions and also safeguard the image of Parliament, since it is the most targeted institution as much as cybercrime is concerned.
The Lawmaker pointed out that in order to defraud people, especially expatriates and jobseekers, these fraudsters download profiles, images and other informations on Members of Parliament and prominent people, which becomes impossible to detect the actual account of these personalities.
He made this appeal in a statement on the spate of Cyber fraud, using fake accounts to impersonate members of Parliament and prominence of national discourse.
Hon. Kobena Woyome, whose profile and images have been used to deceive people in the last few days, have received several complaints from people who have been duped with account in his name on social media (Facebook precisely).
Sharing his experience on the floor of the House, Hon. Woyome iterated that he made an official complaints to the police to uncover persons behind these fraudulent acts, but so far, nothing substantive has come out of the investigations till now.
“The worst of all, Mr. Speaker, these fraudsters are taking advantage of the
situation including the use of mobile money transfer system to dupe unsuspecting
victims of various sums of money.
I am one whose profile and images have been
used to dupe people and so are other MPs”. The North Tongu Legislator indicated.
He is, however, of the belief and conviction that a thorough investigation can be done to find a lasting solution to this menace, hence the call of Parliament and stakeholders intervention.