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422 Arrested for Operating Unlicensed Digital Loan Apps.

The Cyber Security Agency (CSA) has apprehended approximately 422 individuals involved in the provision of mobile application-based lending services. Collaborating with the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), the CSA conducted investigative operations at three distinct locations in Accra on Monday, July 10, 2023, resulting in the detainment of the suspects.

During the operations, a variety of crucial items were confiscated, including mobile phones, laptops, internet routers, and other pieces of pertinent evidence.

In a press conference held jointly by the Cyber Security Committee in Accra, it was disclosed that out of the total of 422 apprehended individuals, 419 were Ghanaian nationals, while the remaining three were foreigners.

Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, the Director General of the CSA, addressed the press conference, revealing that his agency had been receiving reports since December 2022 regarding cyberbullying, extortion, misuse of customer data and privacy, death threats, libel, and other illicit activities associated with certain unauthorized lending applications.

“The Cyber Security Authority, in collaboration with the Bank of Ghana and the Economic and Organized Crime Office, conducted coordinated investigations through the joint cyber security committee. These efforts led to the arrest of individuals operating unlicensed digital lending applications, which contravened the provisions of the Cyber Security Act, the Banks, and Specialized Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, the Electronic Transaction Act, and the EOCO Act,” stated Dr. Antwi-Boasiako.

He reassured the public that the joint cyber security committee is actively collaborating with relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure the prosecution of the suspects.

“The joint cyber security committee is working closely with pertinent law enforcement agencies, and the public can rest assured that those responsible will be brought to justice,” he added.

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