An Insurance sales agent, Gadiel Baah Nyumutei has been arrested for allegedly swindling a financial institution (name withheld) in Accra.
The suspect was reported to have sent an email to the financial institution requesting the transfer of GH₵15,000.00 and $9,800.00 from a customer of the bank into his account.
The Director of the Cybercrime Unit of the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Chief Superintendent Dr. Herbert Gustav Yankson, told journalists in Accra yesterday said after the money was transferred the account owner declined authorising the transaction.
Chief Supt. Yankson said the financial institution later made a report to the police about the fraud.
Chief Supt. Yankson also stated that on July 7, the police received another report from an accountant with a pharmaceutical company of an email purported to have come from his Chief Executive Officer in Accra instructing him to deposit an amount of Gh₵18,000.00 into the person’s account.
He said checks by the accountant from the CEO revealed that he did not instruct any payment into the suspect’s account.
The Director said police investigations revealed that the two emails emanated from the same suspect adding that on July 12, Nyumutei was arrested at Haatso in Accra.
Chief Supt. Yankson said business electronic mail compromise was the highest number of cases recorded at the unit.
He said about $200,000.00 is lost every week to such types of crime.
Chief Supt. Yankson advised the general public to be vigilant in their activities and avoid downloading email attachments from unknown persons or sources.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi