A 42 year old man has been arrested at Weija in Accra for fraud. Kojo Ofori Asante, was arrested for trying to defraud one business woman and a man of GHÃ‚Â¢1,520.00 and GHÃ‚Â¢846.00 respectively.
Narrating the facts of the matter, the Regional Crime Office, DSP Denis Ako-Dem Abade, said the business woman had a foreign call three months ago from an unknown caller who said the number was given to him by one of his relations abroad.
The woman insisted she has no such contacts in the UK so was not interested in any business proposals. However the caller insisted that he had a Moringa business deal for her which was very profitable.
She then told the caller that she was going to give it a thought and get back to him.
A few days ago the caller called again but when the woman insisted she was not interested in any Moringa business, the caller pressed further that he did not call because of the Moringa business but wanted to send some money from the UK for safe keeping in Ghana and find her worthy to entrust the money to.
When he was asked if he had no relations in Ghana, he said he was an orphan and had no relations in the country.
The caller maintained he was going to send her an amount of Ã‚Â£500,000.00 but would have to pay a sum of GHÃ‚Â¢1,520 to clear the money which would come in a form of luggage through Aviance.
The lady however consulted with a police officer who told her to make an official report as the story was a scam and a ploy to defraud her.
The suspect, Ofori Asante, who is the holder of the Ecobank account into which she was to pay the said money, was arrested by the police when he attempted to withdraw money from the account at the New Weija branch of the bank.
A day after his arrest another man whom the suspect allegedly succeeded in luring to pay an amount of GHÃ‚Â¢846 into the same account number also surfaced.
According to the man he was contacted by one Joe from Takwa that he saw his number on a Tipper truck exhibited for sale and shown interest in buying the said truck.
The said Joe told the victim that a brother of his who lived abroad was going to make the payment so he was going to give his number to that brother to establish contacts with him.
The victim later received a call purported to have come from UK and the caller introduced himself as Rev. Jonathan Osei who bargained the price of the truck which was finally settled at GHÃ‚Â¢40,000.00, payable through money transfer.
The said Reverend minister later called to say his aged father who lived with his brother Joe at Takwa was seriously ailing and needed some medicines which he was going to send but would need his assistance to clear from the currier service provider (T N T Enterprise).
The victim said based on humanitarian grounds he accepted to go for the said parcel for the father.
He was however to pay GHÃ‚Â¢846 into the said account of the company and use the receipt to receive the parcel. Jonathan agreed to add the cost to the amount of the truck which he would later send.
When the victim had paid the money into the account and called the said agent for the parcel, he was asked to meet the agent at Tema and take the parcel.
He waited for several hours but the agent failed to come till it was late. Each time he called the Reverend too he gave him excuses and further directives.
This however alarmed him so he decided to check the accounts number at Ecobank and was told the number belonged to the Weija branch and not Tema.
He therefore returned to Accra where he visited the Weija branch of the Ecobank but was told the account holder have been arrested for a similar case pending investigations at the Regional Police Headquarters.
The crime officer appealed to the members of the public who have suffered such scams to come to lodge official complaints at the police station for further investigations.
By Rocklyn Antonio