The Visa and Documentation Fraud Unit of the Police CID has mounted a search for three persons who are suspected to be diverting international phone calls at North Gbawe Winners area.
The suspects who bolted upon seeing the police, according to reports, had mounted a container in front of a house where calls were diverted using two sim box machines.
The sim box machines, each loaded with 128 MTN and Airtel sim cards, two huge car batteries, a converter, about 4998 used MTN cards, 1,694 used Airtel cards, 88 used Glo cards and 48 used Tigo cards, were among items retrieved by the police.
The others included 234 unused MTN cards, 1290 unused Airtel cards, 200 unused Glo cards and 46 unused Tigo cards.
The items have been sent to the CID headquarters for further investigations.
The government and the telecommunication operators are said to have lost about $50 million in revenue through such illegal activities since October 2010.
A source at the Visa and Documentation Fraud Unit of the CID told DAILY GUIDE that the items were impounded last Friday morning during one of the operations of the task force and officials of the National Communications Authority, Telecoms Chamber and the police.
While on their routine checks, a device which the team used in detecting the operations of suspects in the area detected that some persons had mounted the sim box machines and were diverting calls.
It then led the team to a small container close to a house at North Gbawe where the machines were kept.
When the team broke into the container which was labelled a telecommunication centre, the sim box machines were discovered and retrieved together with the other items.
The police could not get the owners of the container as they all bolted upon seeing the police.
Owner of the house, name withheld, told the police that a young man rented the frontage of his house to use the area to operate a communication centre.
The owner said a few weeks after renting the space, the young man opened the shop on a daily basis and sold mobile phone scratch cards but after a while the shop was closed.
The police later discovered that the sim box fraudsters were using a remote control system which permitted them to operate the machines from a distance.
Three persons believed to be operating the said machines are currently being hunted by the police.
By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey