Recently, it was discovered that schools in Ghana were teaching children as young as 10 to engage in romance scams with single women from developed nations. These school kids were being groomed with cyber lessons to catfish unsuspecting victims, exploiting them for money exchange. The UK police have issued an advisory to the Ghanaian Police on the damage caused by romance scams, and how to prevent children from being groomed into catfishing and other fraudulent activities.
Nik Adams, who is leading the response against fraud, has stipulated certain preventive guidelines to school-going would-be hackers on how to not fall prey to online hackers and fraudsters. As this crime and related crimes are seeing a sharp rise in and around London, the police authorities contacted the Ghanaian government with a scheme to increase the morale of people, especially children, to speak out against crime and its perpetuation.
It is important to note that catfishing is a crime that can lead to the death of the victim under certain circumstances. Moreover, a new WhatsApp scam has emerged on the web, where scammers from countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam are calling victims to gain personal information or to win their trust in order to take the romance scam to the next level. People as young as teens are being hired to engage the victims in scams and are being lured with hefty paychecks on a monthly basis.
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