Couple arrested for internet scam

A man who posed as a woman on the internet in an attempt to dupe a Brazilian of 2,150 dollars, has been arrested by the police.

Isaac Boakye Yiadom, the “man-woman,” was arrested together with his wife, Abigail Nyarko, and Richard Addai, Gideon Kyeremateng and Stephen Oppong, as accomplices.

Briefing newsmen, Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ampofo Duku said, Boakye Yiadom early this month, posed as a woman on the internet to woo a Brazilian, Dionisio Karmakis, based in Greece.

According to the police, the Brazilian not convinced, requested the suspect to join him in Greece and asked “her” to get a travel agent to facilitate “her” trip.

The police said the suspect allegedly forged an African Origin invoice and sent it to the Brazilian who out of suspicion, contacted the travelling agency through their website to confirm.

ACP Duku said the general manager of the travelling company, Yahaya Inusah, in response, asked the Brazilian to feign interest in the deal and use Whirlpool Company in Ghana to pay the money to the suspect.

The police said the suspect was given a contact cell phone number of a staff of the travelling company, who styled as Nadia, and a staff of Whirlpool Company.

At about 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May12, Nadia called the suspect on his phone to meet her at the Kumasi Airport for the money, since she was in Kumasi for some business transaction.

The police said, Boakye Yiadom, in the company of Abigail Nyarko, Richard Addia, Gideon Kyeremateng and Stephen Oppong, went to the airport to collect the money.

There, Nadia met Abigail at a restaurant at the airport, and paid a cash of GH¢2,000 to bait her.

The police who were monitoring the trend, quickly moved in and arrested Abigail and the others who were waiting in a taxi at the airport.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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