The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has issued a warning to Ghanaians about the increasing rate of romance scams in the country.
According to the authority, romance scam has become rampant in the country, especially on social media platforms.
It says these scammers have employed new tactics used in perpetrating their crimes on social media.
“The latest tactics see people set up fake profiles on social media – especially dating apps or send unsolicited emails to establish intimate relationships with their targets.
“They often do extensive research on victims through their social media habits. Once they gain their trust, they then exploit the victims for valuables such as money, property, or investment.
“They also take advantage of the person’s vulnerabilities, such as loneliness or feeling of insecurity, and try as much as possible to avoid physical meet up,” the authority indicated.
It added “To this end, the authorities are advising the public not to provide financial assistance to someone they have only met online.
The authority entreated the public to avoid sharing personal information or nude photographs with someone they have never met physically.