Ghana loses $33 million due to SIM card fraud

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Commissioner of Police (COP), Prosper Kwame Agblor, in 2015, Chief Executive of CID revealed that the fraudsters’ activities resulted in a total loss of revenue of $33 million over a period of five to seven months.

He made this revelation after the arrest of eight illegal SIM BOX operators who also marched in front of the media.

According to him, the country is grappling with the never-ending threat of SIM card fraud, where some fraudsters in Ghana and abroad route calls from abroad through the internet and terminate them via local SIM cards installed in mobile phones. devices called SIM boxes.

He said that this way they give the impression that these calls were generated locally, so they only pay local rates and steal huge sums of money from the country.

The CID boss said the arrest was the largest and most successful operation undertaken by the task force in regards to SIM BOX fraud.

Read the full story originally published on January 27, 2015 by GNA

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service paraded eight illegal SIM BOX operators whom it has arrested on Monday.

He urged the public to report people engaged in similar activities in their communities.

Commissioner of Police (COP), Prosper Kwame Agblor, chief executive of CID, told a press briefing that the despicable activities of the fraudsters resulted in a total loss of revenue of $33 million over a period of five to seven months.

According to him, the country is grappling with the continuing threat of SIM box fraud, where some fraudsters in Ghana and abroad route calls from abroad through the internet and terminate them through local SIM cards installed in devices. called SIM boxes.

He said that this way they give the impression that these calls were generated locally, so they only pay local rates and steal huge sums of money from the country.

COP Agblor said the arrests which were made in Accra, Tema, Koforidua and Kumasi were made possible thanks to the joint telecommunications anti-fraud task force made up of detectives from CID headquarters, officials from the National Authority (NCA), from the various telecommunications service providers in Ghana, and with the support of SUBAH Info Solutions Ghana Limited.

He described the arrest as the largest and most successful operation undertaken by the task force in regards to SIM BOX fraud.

He commended the task force for the herculean task which also involves a life-threatening experience as most of these fraudsters were heavily armed, as well as the role played by SUBAH Info Solutions Systems in the whole operation using high-tech gadgets to locate these SIM BOX.

A large number of SIM BOX, equipment and items, including laptops, monitors, heavy duty batteries, generators, internet routers, SIM servers, 4G internet modems, printers, mini antennas, inverters, a terrestrial satellite receiver system and large quantities of assorted scratch cards from various telecommunications service providers, among others, were seized.

COP Agblor said that although some of the culprits have escaped from the clutches of the task force, efforts are being made to arrest and bring them to justice, but all suspects arrested so far in connection with the illegal activities of SIM BOX were arrested and remanded in custody. in custody pending further investigation.

CID warns all those involved in such activities to desist from the act of sabotage because the task force is determined to tie up their efforts to illegally siphon off revenue from Ghana for personal gain.

Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah described the amount involved and the crime as a very worrying event for the NCA and the government.

He said that in the past, the crime only happened in Accra, but the signals received by the task force on the ground and the arrests made in various parts of the country confirm the fact that such activities are becoming widespread.

He said the government had instituted strict measures and was working with institutions such as the Narcotics Control Board and the International Telecommunication Union, among others, to meet the challenge.

He also mentioned coming aboard the Interconnect Clearinghouse, which would act as a firewall against such activity, as it would prevent such fraudulently routed traffic from entering the country.

He said that by this, the foreign carriers who give traffic to the sim box scammers to bring them to Ghana would be in trouble if they do not use the approved routes which are the approved gateways of the telecom operators and everything authorized private international transit operator.

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