World Remit Money-Doubling Scheme ‘A Scam’ – Bog Warns …
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has said it has identified a money-doubling scheme operating in Ghana under the pseudonym ‘Worldremit’, which the central bank describes as a scam.
“This fraudulent scheme is distinct from the globally renowned fintech ‘WorldRemit’, which is in the business of international fund transfers”, the regulator warned.
BoG said in a statement issued on Thursday, 14 October 2021, that the fraudulent copy of the fintech “encourages customers to select preferred packages, following which a code is generated by the fraudsters with which they obtain the WhatsApp accounts of their victims for spurious purposes”.
“The scheme is fraudulent and does not reward investors as promised”, the central bank warned.
It cautioned the general public against patronizing “this and other similar unsanctioned schemes”.
The “Bank of Ghana states that it has not licensed any entities or individuals engaged in ‘money doubling’”.
The general public is, therefore, advised to take note as follows:
i. Verify with Bank of Ghana or other relevant authorities, the licensing status of persons or entities prior to depositing funds with them;
ii. ii. Place deposits only with institutions licensed by Bank of Ghana, in order that they may be accorded the necessary protection offered under the applicable banking laws; and
iii. iii. Refer to Bank of Ghana’s notice on ‘Money Doubling’ and ‘Card Loading systems’ titled NOTICE NO. BG/GOV/SEC/2020/12, which can be found on the Bank’s website: www.bog.gov.gh
“The Bank cautions the public not to participate in this illegal and fraudulent activity to avoid loss of funds”, adding: “Any individual or entity that participates in such or similar schemes does so at their own peril”.
“The public is advised to report such activities to Bank of Ghana at the Financial Stability Department, Bank of Ghana, 1 Thorpe Road, P. O. Box 2674, Accra, Ghana or call the following numbers: 030 266 5005; 059 691 2354; 050 150 2270 or send an email to [email protected]”.