ELSEWHERE in this paper, we have published a very distressing news about three Nigerians and a Ghanaian, who have been arrested for allegedly impersonating the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor on Facebook.

The four were said to have created a fake facebook account using the name of the IGP to dupe two policemen of GH¢300.

The gang were said to have used the facebook account to lure some police officers in believing that if they paid monies into a bank account, they could be appointed to United Nation’s (UN) Peacekeeping Missions.

Amazingly, two policemen fell for the prank and paid GH¢300 into the account.

The Times is not too much worried about the scam, but concerned about the police, who fell for it.

Our worry is that, as intelligent officers and police officers, it is strange that they will be swindled in a manner that is being revealed.

It is no secret that cyber crime is all over the place, and the security agencies are supposed to be in custody of intelligence to detect a crime, be it cyber or otherwise.

We would like to ask, if our security personnel are being scammed in this way, what then becomes of ordinary people?

We are worried that this crime can be committed using the highest ranking police officials in the country.

What this scam tells us is that everyone, including our intelligent officers, needs constant braining in how to spot cyber crime.

We are however glad that, the crime was not widespread and limited to only two personnel even though that is worrying enough.

We urge the security services to continue their public education on cyber crime to prevent this embarrassing scam in future.

We call on the security forces to also be on the look out and surf the net so often so as to pick such criminal impersonations early before they cause havoc.

Those who are arrested for such crime must also be punished severely!


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