The Controller and Accountant General's Department (CAGD) has issued a stern warning regarding a new E-payslip fraud scheme in a bid to safeguard the personal and financial information of public sector workers.
The fraudulent activity involves an unauthorized phone application misleadingly named E-payslip, falsely claiming association with the CAGD.
In an official statement sighted by The Ghanaian Standard, the CAGD clarified that the app in question is not affiliated with their department, despite featuring the department's publicly available details, including its logo.
This illicit application is being exploited by criminals who aim to collect and misuse the personal and financial data of unsuspecting public sector employees, including teachers, nurses, and personnel from security agencies.
CAGD has emphatically advised public sector workers against accessing the app or providing any personal details through it.
The department explicitly directed employees not to install the app or input official details, cautioning against attempting to use the app for accessing payslips.
The E-payslip Fraud app, reminiscent of similar scams, poses several threats to users:
- Phone Hijacking: The potential to compromise the security of users' phones.
- Mobile Money Theft: Capable of stealing funds from connected phone numbers.
- PIN Code Theft: Poses a risk of stealing government workers' bank transaction PIN codes.
- Unauthorized Withdrawals: Enables fraudsters to withdraw money from users' accounts.
Public sector workers have been strongly advised not to use the app, coupled with the warning that the app cannot be uninstalled once it is on a phone.
The fraudulent E-payslip app is identifiable by its green and black label post-installation.
For those who may have already fallen victim to the scam, individual workers are urged to reset their login credentials on the official website used for pay validation.
To completely remove the app from a phone and protect personal information, workers have been advised to reset their phones to factory settings.
In response to the threat posed by the fraudulent app, investigations are already underway to address the issues and security threats.
The CAGD has called upon all state employees to exercise heightened vigilance and caution, emphasizing the critical importance of safeguarding personal and financial information from such perilous E-payslip fraud.