A team from the Public Affairs Unit (PAU) of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has embarked on a one-day public awareness programme at the Tema Station in Accra. Tema Station was the second lorry station/market targeted for the awareness creation programme.
The one-day awareness creation programme dubbed “Awareness Creation Prorgamme for Market Women, Men and Commercial Drivers” was held on Friday, 12th March, 2021 at Tema Station in Accra. It was aimed at educating the general public on Susu and Mobile Money Fraud.
During the programme, the market women and men, drivers, mates and onlookers paid attention while the team educated them on how to avoid being a victim of susu collectors scam and some of the modes of operation of MoMo fraudsters.
Speaking at the programme, the Head of Public Affairs Unit, Mrs. Faustina Lartey encouraged traders to verify the details of Susu Collectors from the Ghana Cooperative Susu Collectors Association (GCSCA). She also told the traders to engage their Market Queens and Kings when they are approached by individuals posing as susu collectors. She explained that instead of traders going individual to GCSCA, the heads of traders can do that on their behalf.
She further stated and explained some of the modes of operation of MoMo fraudsters as follows:
- You are asked to pay an amount of money to redeem a price won.
- You are asked to transfer money after receiving fake receipts of money in your MoMO wallet.
- You are asked to pay an amount of money to collect a parcel from a relative abroad or to meet them at a location to collect your parcel.
- You receive a frantic call from an unknown number informing you of your injured child and the need to buy medicine
- You receive a call from a mallam/ juju man to pay some money to avert a danger instigated by a friend or relative. Or you receive a call from a supposed pastor who informs you that he/she saw your number on their mobile phone and demand money before praying for you.
On how best to avoid being a victim of MoMo fraud, She intimated that:
- Always call your network provider to confirm if they are running a promotion of such nature.
- Do not transfer any money until you have confirmed with your friend or relative who sent the parcel and if you have no relative abroad ignore the call or text message.
- You can also call the toll free line to verify if there is any such promotion
- You can call your network provider to give the number of the fraudster so they can take the matter up or the National Cyber Security Centre.
- Call your child’s school to verify if your child is safe
- Check balance in your mobile money wallet.
She concluded that the rate at which individuals are being defrauded through mobile money, it is important that we all come on board in the fight against this recurrent crime.
Source: Public Affairs Desk