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Message To Refrain From Owning iPhone 11/11 Pro Did NOT Emanate From Ghana Police Service!

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CLAIM: Any young boy seen in possession of iPhone 11 or 11 Pro will be considered a fraudster by the Ghana Police Service, says a viral message

FALSE: The Ghana Police Service says the account behind the message is fake. As such, stories emanating from it should be disregarded by the public.

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WhatsApp Claim

Another wrong message has been attributed to the Ghana Police Service. On September 14, a viral message, posted with the heading Public Warning!!! under the account GHANA Police Service – GPS (@ghanapoliceserviceparody), has warned the public against the possession of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. According to the message, ‘any young boy’ seen in the possession of these phones will be considered a fraudster by the Police Service.

The newest additions to the iPhone family, iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, were unveiled on September 10 and will be released on September 20, 2019. They succeed 2018’s iPhone XR.  iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are said to have longer battery life, improved camera quality and a new range of colours.

Verification

The Ghana Police Service has informed the public that the account behind the viral message warning against the possession of Iphone 11 and 11 Pro by young boys is fake. The Police Service further said its Facebook and Twitter handles, @GhPoliceService are verified. Thus, stories emanating from other sources claiming to be from the Police Service are to be disregarded by the general public.

Source: @GhPoliceService

“The Ghana Police Service Facebook and twitter handles are verified with the handle, @GhPoliceService. Any other account purporting to be that of the Ghana Police Service is fake”

Ghana Police Service’s tweet response.

Conclusion

The Ghana Police Service says the GHANA Police Service – GPS (@ghanapoliceserviceparody) account is a fake account. Therefore, the viral message warning against the possession of iPhone 11 and 11 Pro by “any young boy” from the Ghana Police Service is FALSE.

Caroline Anipah is the Programme Officer of DUBAWA, Ghana. She holds an MPhil in Communication Studies and an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from the University of Ghana. She is a trained journalist and has engaged in various research activities with notable institutions including Ghana Statistical Service, German Development Institute (GIZ) and the USAID Evaluate for Health over the years. She has also worked with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on a regional (West Africa-wide) comprehensive research on the state of the media. She brings to the project and team, her experience in both media and research.

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