On April 27, 2023, the director of consumer and corporate affairs at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Nana Defie Badu, announced the introduction of a short code to enable Ghanaians to check the number of SIM cards registered with their National Identification Card (Ghana Card). The move follows complaints by some citizens that their Ghana Cards have been used to register SIM cards without their knowledge or consent.
In an interview on UTV, monitored by priningonline , Defie Badu disclosed that the short code for verifying SIM cards registered to a Ghana Card is 4021#. She added that the public can start using the short code for all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) from May 1, 2023.
This new measure aims to help Ghanaians keep track of the number of SIM cards registered to their Ghana Card and prevent identity fraud. It is a significant step towards ensuring the integrity of the country’s telecommunication system and safeguarding the privacy and security of citizens’ personal information.
Ghanaians are encouraged to take advantage of this new tool to check the number of SIM cards registered to their Ghana Card and report any unauthorized registrations to the NCA or the police.
How to verify the number of SIM cards registered to your Ghana Card:
First dial *402*1#
After dialling *402*1# a list of SIM cards registered with a Ghana Card will pop up.
If you find a strange number linked to your Ghana Card, you have to report it to the MNO (mobile network) of the strange number, say MTN or Vodafone or AirtelTigo.
The number will be disconnected from your SIM after the service provider affirms that you are the owner of the Ghana Card through a Know Your Customer (KYC).