Take Note Of MoMo Fraudsters Taking Advantage Of E-levy Deductions –Telecoms Chamber
The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has entreated the general public to take note of staff of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) stealing monies from mobile money accounts of users following the rollout of the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy).
The introduction of the new 1.5% value tax which took effect last week has been fraught with many difficulties including the non-application of some exemptions from the tax.
In addition, social media users expressed their feelings about the fact that transfers on the same or different networks or banks owned by the same user are attracting the tax.
The Telecommunications Chamber is worried that some persons are taking advantage of the situation to call Mobile Money (MoMo) users involved in such practice of assisting them to reverse a wrongful deduction and end up withdrawing monies from their account.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber Dr. Ken Ashigbey said, “There is no reversal that starts with the entity calling you. The entities are the ones supposed to do the refunds. anytime someone calls you trying to engage you on reversal of E-levy and that he or she is from Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), just cut the call and report to your entity because GRA does not involve itself with reversals.”
Also the government, in collaboration with the entities facilitating the introduction which have put in place mechanisms to check up on the transactions that are so far affected in the modified phased implementation of the levy.
Finally, Dr. Ashigbey said measures are put in place to check the operations of the fraudsters. “If we send money and is wrongfully deducted, we have to place a call for reversal process. So we must be all cautious so that no one plays on our intelligence and defraud us of our hard-earned money.”