Cyber criminals target newly launched eTranzact in Ghana

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The electronic payment system which was only launched on Friday March 27, 2009 by market leaders eTrazanct to boost online commerce and money transfer through the mobile phone in Ghana is being targeted by scammers.

The scammers are already sending emails with eTranzact email account, to presumed customers and users of the online payment system warning them of ‘suspicious activity’ on their bank accounts.

Mr. Kofi Owusu Jnr, an official of eTranzact, who sounded surprised at the swift attempt of the scammers, told that “e-Tranzact has not sent any such emails to its customers” and asked that any customer who receives such email should ignore it. Adding that eTranzact would issue an official statement on the matter soon.

One such email which was sent to us, even though we are not customers of the service was titled ‘Verify Your Membership’.

Mr. Owusu Jnr says this is fake and should be treated as such.

The activities of scammers have seen a rise in recent times in Ghana.

According to the Communications Ministry, about 82 cyber crimes occur in Ghana every month, and that is nearly one thousand crimes yearly.

Not long ago, there were reports that some United States and Canadian merchants have blocked over 70 percent of international online orders from Ghana and Nigeria due to fraud.

While moving the motion for the budget allocation for the Ministry of Communications, the Minister, Mr. Haruna Idrissu said the issue of cyber crime and internet fraud, popularly known as “sakawa” would be given serious attention.

Ghana Business News