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SIMBOX FRAUD: Ghana would have lost $77, 379, 000; 7 operating locations stormed

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SIMBOX FRAUD: Ghana would have lost $77, 379, 000; 7 operating locations stormed

The African Social Issues

Director General of CID, Prosper Agblor has noted that if not for the intensified crackdown of the department’s Task Force which is in collaboration with Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited; the state and Telecom operators would have lost revenue of $77, 379, 000 to SIMBOX Fraud per statistics since December 2014 to April 2016.

Addressing a section of the media yesterday, May 3, 2016 at the CID Headquarters; he indicated that 7 suspects (more arrest hunt ongoing) have been arrested this year at 7 different locations using sophisticated equipments to evade detection per its Task Force’s intelligence gathering from February 11, 2016 (2 suspects arrested) to April 29, 2016 (5 suspects arrested). As at the close of the conference, 2 other suspects had been apprehended.

The current suspects arrested are Basha Asward Ibrahim, James Okai, Benjamin Komlan Agbo (believed to be Togolese). The seized items included GSM Gateways, Visca Batteries, Huawai Riuters, Channel SIM Server, etc.

According to the Commissioner of CID; “In order to curtail these activities, our dependable partner, Suban Infosolutions Ghana Limited has deployed more superior detection system which keeps us ahead of the activities of the fraudsters, resulting in the huge success in the last three months.

Adding that the illegal termination of international telephone traffic (SIMBoxing) in Ghana has been a major concern for all telecom operators, regulators, the police and the country’s revenue collection agency, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and hence, the Task Force will reaffirm its national duty so as to not shirk its responsibility.

Meanwhile, one of the arrests comes with special interest of the Task Force. “The SIMBOX operators had rented a hotel room to install their equipments for their illicit production and had specifically instructed the hotel staff that their room should not be let alone cleaned for no apparent reason. And incredibly, the hotel owner did not see the need to report such an obviously abnormal instruction to any of the security agencies; such a puzzling and shocking act by the hotel owner.”

Mr Prosper Agblor advised that hotel workers and its management, likewise the general public at large to be security conscious in observing, recording and to report all such suspicious behaviours to the security agencies.

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