The decision taken by the telecommunications companies in the country together with the Bank of Ghana (BOG) and the Ghana Police Service to introduce the Fraud Control Dashboard has proven to be a wise one – a right step, which is significantly aiding the fight against cyber fraud in the country.
Since its launch, barely eight months ago – in April, this year, by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who has been leading the West African nation’s digitization drive, the fraud control dashboard has helped the country to blacklist and blocked a total of 23,000 subscriber identification module (SIM) cards and mobile devices.
These subscriber identification module cards and devices were being used to dupe – carry out cyber fraud, a clear vindication of the joint decision by the telos, the central bank and the police service.
The decision to set up the equipment identity management system which was used to establish the fraud control dashboard has indeed been most beneficial.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Communications and Digitization Minister, at an event held in Accra to herald the 10th anniversary of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications said; "I am told that the fraud control dashboard (FCD) that was launched by Vice President Bawumia has blocked over 23,000 devices and blacklisted about the same number of ID's used by fraudsters.”
She could not hide her excitement at the way things had panned out and said; “this is what we can achieve working together".
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said said this in a speech read on her behalf by Ms. Ama Pomaa Boateng, the Deputy Minister of Communications and Digitization.
The Minister applauded the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications for complementing the government’s efforts at preventing cyber fraudsters from having their way in the country.
"When I spoke at the chamber’s mobile technology for development conference in April this year, I congratulated the Chamber for complementing the efforts of government, by setting up the fraud control dashboard to help eradicate fraud."
The fraud control dashboard is used to block SIM cards and mobile devices and blacklist identification numbers that are connected to fraud or general crime-related cases.
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