Ghana loses USD 40 million on Sim box fraud yearly

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

The government of Ghana loses around 40 million dollars every year through the activities of bypassing the Approved International Gateway (sim boxing).

This unfortunate development, according to the Director in charge of Engineering at the National Communication Authority, Mr. Henry Kanor, started in the late 90s when Internet Services Providers were given the authorisation to operate, but through a very strong coordinated efforts with industry players, the judiciary and the Law Enforcement Agencies since 2010 have been able to wage war against the illegal termination of international traffic to Ghana.

"This collaboration has led over the years to the arrest and prosecution of a number of illegal operators, a few of which have been reported in the media," he said.

Speaking at the maiden edition of the National Communication of Reporters Telecom Breakfast Forum on Sim boxing, Mr. Kanor explained that the authority among other things as a matter of urgency to deal with sim box fraud has embarked on instituting several measures including an international incoming traffic verification system, which has an in built fraud detection facility that detects the local numbers terminating the international traffic and further send its findings to telcos in the country to block them.

"There is an Anti Fraud Task Force  made up of the NCA, the telcos, the Police CID and the Attorney General Department responsible for the apprehension, arrest and prosecution of persons or entities involved in SIM boxing and more recently the implementation of a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Guidelines for the timely dissemination and blocking of Fraud SIMs," he added.

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