The Eastern Regional Police Command has advised motorists to be wary of people who are parading themselves as police officers on patrol duties in certain parts of the country, especially the Eastern Region.
The Eastern Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, ASP Yaw Nketiah-Yeboah, said these fake police officers, normally operated in accident prone areas like the Bonsu Junction with vehicles similar to that of the police patrol vehicles.
He said they hid in obscure places and if accidents occurred they pretended to give a helping hand to the victims and, eventually robbed them.
“Sometimes they cause the accident themselves by intentionally running into other in coming vehicles and later blame the victims for causing damage to police officer’s vehicle.
“This, they do to enable them to rob the victims, and those without moneys they demand that the moneys be transferred to a given address or mobile money which is very difficult to trace,” he said.
ASP Nketiah-Yeboah said their targets were mainly women or men they deemed to be “soft,” adding that the Regional Police Command,, was investigating many of such cases hence the security alert.
“A woman fell victim to the tricks of the fake police officers at Bunso junction recently and was robbed of GH¢1, 500.00 and another also robbed of GH¢6, 800.00 of which the police are investigating,” he said.
He advised the general public to be vigilant and also be bold not to give moneys to such people, but to report to the nearest police station for immediate action to be taken or call the Police toll free number 191 or 18555 or 0302-980641.