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Ghana: a rising star in internet fraud
September 14th, 2007 ..And again: 2007! (more than v4 years Ago!)
("Public Agenda" a Ghanaian
About 40% of internet Fraudsters apprehended in the country between 2005 and 2006 are Ghanaians with ages ranging between 12 and 45, the Cyber Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Service has said.
Nigerians, Liberians and other nationals make up the remaining 60% and the number of Ghanaians involved is rising sharply as the number of internet users increase in the country.
Ghana Police arrest '419'
* Source: Daily Graphic / 04.07.2012
An expatriate alleged to be the mastermind behind a number of business frauds and 419 cases has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.
The suspect, Sohiel Issah Arbid, 59, a Palestinian-born American, was arrested when he and his Ghanaian accomplices, who are currently at large, allegedly defrauded a Japanese consultant of $120,000 under the pretext of selling gold to him.
The suspect and his accomplices lured the Japanese, Kaya Yusuke, 36, from South Africa to Ghana to fleece him of his money.
According to the Director in charge of the Vetting and Crime Analysis Unit of the CID, Chief Superintendent Dennis Abade, the suspect had been on the police wanted list for quite some time now.
He said to carry out the business fraud, the suspect met his victims at hotels to verify samples of products they had been asked to buy.
After that, he informed the victims that he had just flown into the country from abroad to purchase the products.
Chief Supt Abade said his presence alone was enough for people to part with huge sums of money, only for them to realise later that they had been duped.
He said almost all the units investigating fraud cases, such as Visa Fraud and Commercial Crime, had cases involving the suspect.
Following Arbid’s arrest, a number of victims went to the CID Headquarters to identify him as the person alleged to be at the centre of a number of business fraud and 419 cases.
Chief Supt Abade said on June 25, 2012, Yusuke was lured into the country by Arbid and his Ghanaian accomplices through another Japanese businessman.
On arrival in the country, Yusuke met the said Japanese, who introduced Arbid as a businessman who could supply any quantity of gold.
He said unknown to Yusuke, his Japanese friend had also been lured by the suspect and his accomplices into the country, for the same purpose of duping him.
The director said Arbid told the complainant that he knew some Ghanaian gold dealers who could supply any quantity of gold at a cheap price and the victim decided to buy three kilogrammes of gold at a cost of $120,000.
He said on June 28, 2012, the suspect introduced two Ghanaians to Yusuke as the suppliers of the gold and the three presented three bars of gold which they claimed weighed three kilogrammes.
But Yusuke insisted that he wanted the transaction to pass through the Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) Limited and Arbid agreed.
Arbid took Yusuke to the PMMC, where another accomplice, posing as an official of the PMMC, took the gold bars into one of the offices of the company and returned shortly to confirm that the three bars had tested positive for real gold.
Convinced that he had done the right thing, Yusuke then paid $120,000 to the two men, who in turn handed over the gold bars to him.
When Yusuke requested for the assayer’s report, the suspects directed him to go personally to the PMMC for it.
Chief Supt Abade said Yusuke went back to the offices of the PMMC to get the necessary documentation to have the gold exported to South Africa but it was there that he detected that the three bars were fake gold.
After realising that he had been duped, Yusuke made a report to the police, who traced the suspect to one of the plush hotels where he was arrested.
He said unknown to Yusuke, his Japanese friend had already been duped and wanted to return home but had no money to buy a ticket, and so he was made to lure another victim as a condition to get him a ticket back home.
According to Chief Supt Abade, while Arbid was being led away to the cells, a number of victims identified him.
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Police Caution Oil
* Daily Guide / 22th June 2012
THE MILE 7 Police Commander DSP Peter Yembila has cautioned persons who wish to invest in the oil sector to be wary of fraudsters who are taking advantage of the oil find to defraud investors.
The police chief was worried over the emergence of some fake products such as CMC oil drilling grade or cement and oil drilling sealant being used to defraud unsuspecting victims of colossal sums of money.
He explained that police have had several complaints but unfortunately the fraudsters always bolted before they were traced.
The Mile 7 police have since taken custody of many related exhibits.
Meanwhile, the Accra Regional Command according to Crime Officer Chief Superintendent Frank Adufati has arrested 30-year-old Isaac Otoo in connection with an oil fraud case.
Otoo was arrested on Friday, June 15 at Sakaman near Odorkor while trying to dupe a restaurant operator.
According to C/Supt Adufati, the restaurant operator who is the complainant in the case said she received a call from a certain Nii the previous day telling her of a business contract which could fetch her much profit.
Claiming that they had met in her restaurant where he came to dine with some expatriates, he introduced himself as a worker of the Jubilee Fields at Cape three points in the Western region.
Isaac Otoo went further to say his company was in dire need of a product called the CMC oil drilling grade but the complainant who became suspicious feigned interest and reported the matter to the police.
The suspect, who posed as Nii, told the complainant that she would need $12,000 for him to get her samples from a white man who deals in the product.
The complainant informed the suspect that the money was ready and a meeting was scheduled for Friday June 15 at Sakaman.
However, the police ambushed the fraudster.
When the suspected fraudster popped up and started a conversation with the complainant the policemen appeared on the scene and arrested him together with a jute bag (Ghana must go), with the supposed CMC oil drilling grade concealed in it.
Suspect Otoo is currently caged in the cells of the Striking Force Unit at Accra Central.
Stay away from internet fraud - Students advised
News of Sunday, 25 March 2012 / Source: GNA
The Mfantseman Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Henry Kweku
Hayfron, has urged the youth, especially students, to stay away
from cyber fraud and concentrate on their books to enable them to
become useful future citizens.
Mr Hayfron made the call at a seminar on Cyber Fraud.
It was organised by the Guidance and Counseling Practicum 11 Group Four of University of Education Winneba (UEW), for students of the Mankessim Senior Technical School.
It was under the theme: “Cyber Fraud (Sakawa) and its Effects on the Psychosocial Life of the Youth.”
He said Ghana is among the first top three countries in Africa where people indulge in cyber fraud and this gave a bad picture of the country.
Mr Hayfron advised the youth to take their education seriously because education is critical to self-development, poverty reduction and national progress.
In a presentation on behalf of the group, the Reverend Ernest Appiah, leader of the group, expressed concern about the increasing number of youth getting involved in internet fraud.
He advised the youth to discard the notion of getting quick money.
According to the group, the major effects of cyber crime include, wasting time and distraction from productive activities.
They said: some “Children who engage in internet fraud have become lesbians and gays.”
The group emphasized the need for periodical guidance fora to expose the youth to the consequences of cyber crime to avoid becoming victims of circumstances.
Nana Ama Amissah, Queenmother of Mankessim, urged the youth to stay away from “Sakawa” because its effects on the economic and human resources were damning.**