10 busted for cyber fraud

Ten people have been busted by the police for allegedly engaging in cyber fraud at their residence at Alhaji Tabri, a suburb of Accra.
They are Issah Future, 27, Gyasi Frederick, 23, Ditamel Boateng, 21, Acquaye Dominic, 28, Obed Sam, 21, and Saed Danlad, 24.
The rest are Hudson Ansah, 21, Nhyiraba Kwabena, 23, Emmanuel Kwadwo Atua, 28, and Richmond Agbozo, 28.
The suspects are reported to operate in a gang and have swindled a number of people in European countries.
Their modus is that, the gang employs the services of the youth who have skills and knowledge in Information and Communication Technology and dupe their victims and share the booty with them.
The Director of the Cybercrime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Chief Superintendent Dr Herbert Gustav Yankson, told journalists at a press conference in Accra yesterday that the suspects were in the custody of the police assisting in investigations.
He said in November 22, the Cybercrime Unit of the CID Headquarters acting upon reports arrested the members of the group for obtaining electronic payment medium falsely, contrary to Section 119 of the Electronic Transaction Act.
Chief Supt Yankson said searches conducted at their premises revealed eight computer laptops, one HP system unit and 15 mobile phones.
He said investigations indicated that the suspects have defrauded their victims outside the country of unspecified amounts of money, and used it to purchase electronic gadgets including 50” television, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.
Chief Supt. Yankson said several complaints were received from International Police (INTERPOL) about the spate of cyber fraud activities in Ghana.
He advised the public, especially the youth to desist from such activities as they could be sentenced to a maximum of ten years if found guilty.
Chief Supt. Yankson urged the public to exercise due diligence when transacting business on the internet, adding, “They should also be advised that the faces and names behind profiles and email addresses may not be whom they claim to be”.


By Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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