The Ghana Police Service has called on operators of electronic communication networks, providers of electronic communications, and broadcasting services not to give space on their various platforms to be used in the promotion of fake advertisements.
In the view of the Police, charlatanic advertisements are not just unethical but criminal and punishable under the laws of Ghana.
The Police Service in a press release indicated that it has recorded a worryingly increasing number of advertisements targeted at luring people into dubious activities that are claimed to make one riches overnight.
“These charlatanic activities are assuming serious security implications for our society as a whole. The activities which often begin with misleading advertisements on some mainstream and social media platforms lure unsuspecting members of the public, including children, and deceive them into engaging in dubious acts, in the hope of getting rich overnight.
“Police investigations have recently shown that the upsurge in such activities has contributed to serious crimes such as defrauding by false pretenses, kidnapping, and even murder. Some recent notorious cases, attributable to the phenomenon include the Mankesim murder case, where the suspects under the pretext of sending their victims abroad, murdered them for ritual money and the Kasoa case where two teenage boys murdered their colleague also for ritual money.” the statement said.
The Police Service disclosed that in the view curb this national canker, it has intensified its enforcement efforts across the country along side education of all relevant stakeholders on the position of the law on the matter.
“We would like to urge the public to be wary of charlatanic advertisements in both mainstream and social media and work together with the Police to ensure the safety and security of all persons as we work to maintain law and order in the country,” the statement stressed.
By Lawrence Odoom/statenewsghana.com
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