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Fraudsters Impersonate Health Minister, PS Online

“Dear friends, malicious individuals are at it again. They have created a fake Instagram account under my name. I want to inform you all that I DO NOT have an Instagram account and please don’t respond to any Information coming from that profile. It is a scam account,” Aceng posted on her social media.
An email allegedly from Diana Atwine

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Unidentified fraudsters have set up an email and social media account in the names of Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng and the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine. 

The fraudsters are using the accounts to send up messages to unsuspecting members of the public, according to the Health Minister Spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyona.

“They are trying to defraud people using the Ministers and the Health PS’s identity, so people need to be very careful," Ainebyona said. The two senior health Ministry officials fear that duplicating their accounts will lead to the spread of false and misleading information.   

Aceng has since shared a message on her social media warning friends and her followers that her identity has been mimicked for unscrupulous reasons.      

"Dear friends, malicious individuals are at it again. They have created a fake Instagram account under my name. I want to inform you all that I DO NOT have an Instagram account and please don’t respond to any Information coming from that profile. It is a scam account,” Aceng posted on her social media.          

For Atwine, the fraudsters have setup a Gmail account. Both Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and Dr. Diana Atwine are at the center of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. By virtue of the offices they hold, they have been passing out vital information to the public on behalf of the Health Ministry.       

They are also collecting donations on behalf of the COVID19 National Task Force. Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says those impersonating the Senior Health Ministry officials will be apprehended and charged with offensive communication.

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He has advised the Health Ministry to share the information with their Cybercrime department for immediately follow-up. Enanga also disclosed that police is already holding some people for spreading false information on COVID-19.    

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