Akyem Kwabeng District Police Command in the Eastern Region has arrested a 26-year-old alleged cyber fraudster.
The suspect David Egbert,26 was arrested on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by a team led by DSP Harold Opoku Yamoah, the district police commander.
Police recovered and seized two HP laptops, an iPad phone, seven jars of leaves suspected of being Indian hemp, two fudge believed to have been laced with Indian hemp, a Huawei TurboNet, a itel turboNet, an MTN turbojet, a digital microscope, a Samsung power bank, two laptop chargers, two lightning systems and their chargers.
Starr News has learned that local police have arrested the suspect after being tipped off that the suspect and his accomplices were involved in internet fraud at a home.
Police went to the scene and were able to apprehend the suspect, but none of his accomplices were found in the house.
A search of the suspect’s home was conducted and police discovered that the suspect had grown plants suspected of being cannabidiol in two of his four-room apartments.
The United Nations has determined that developing countries such as Ghana are at a higher risk of cybercrime than developed countries.
Cybercrime in Ghana has taken on a rudimentary form of internet fraud targeting gullible foreigners, known locally as sakawa or “419”.
These crimes traditionally involved credit card and advance payment fraud, and took advantage of the vulnerabilities and gullibility of internet users.
Cybercrime has evolved into significantly more complex and sophisticated ventures targeting the wealthy and more valuable victims within and outside Ghana. Financial institutions also continue to face cyber-attacks that lead to huge losses.
The country is estimated to have lost more than $200 million in recorded cybercrime cases between 2016 and 2018.
More than half of these reported cases were related to fraud, according to the cybercrime unit of the Ghanaian Police Service.
Police also recorded an increase in cybercrime in the country from 116 in 2016 to 412 in 2017 and further to 558 in 2018.
Meanwhile, the Cyber Security Authority in Ghana has assured Ghanaians aggressive cyber law enforcement following the adoption of the Cyber Security Act on December 10, 2020.
Speaking at a workshop for journalists in Koforidua on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Aaron Felix Opoku Boateng, the Authority’s program manager, said two major challenges in funding and low awareness of cybercrime are being addressed.
He said that fighting cybercrime is a collective responsibility and therefore called on Ghanaians to be aware and careful of their actions when conducting activities on the internet.