Ghana effects new measures against SIM fraud
from MASAHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – GHANA announced plans to ban mobile phone users from owning own more than 10 Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards as part of efforts to curb SIM box fraud.
This, effective next year, follows a directive from the Ministry of Communications.
It will follow a nationwide re -registration of SIM cards in the West African country.
The Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, said all telecommunication traffic would be going through a newly instituted interconnect Clearing House and hence unregistered SIM in the system would be detected.
“During the registration exercise, everybody will be given a maximum of 10. Once you are able to register a maximum of 10, the data will then be given to the national communication authority.
“That also helps through the interconnection house system to bounce off all unregistered SIM cards.”
Boamah vowed to “smoke out” all SIM box fraudsters in the country.
Government as part of moves to deal with the matter set up an anti fraud task force.
Despite its commendable efforts there still appears to be some significant level of SIM box fraud.
Earlier this week, two suspects were arrested for SIM box fraud. The National Communications Authority (NCA), in conjunction with the Ghana Police Service and MTN Ghana, effected the arrest at Dome Pillar 2, a suburb of Accra.
Ghana has so far lost about US$50million to activities of SIM box fraudsters.
– CAJ News
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