A 29-year-old final-year student of Takoradi Poly-technic, Felix Xyvkes Adjartey, has been arrested by personnel of the Fraud Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), for impersonating the Ghanaian international footballer, Kwadwo Asamoah.
He was alleged to have created a fraudulent Facebook account using the particulars of the Ghanaian international football star, claiming he was injured and needed financial assistance from benevolent institutions and individuals to enable him to undergo a surgical operation.
With that he succeeded in duping two people who transferred GH¢300 into the account.
Briefing The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, the Head of the Fraud Unit, Chief Superintendent Felix Koku Mawusi, said the suspect opened a money transfer account with cell phone number 0249478975 with the name Kwesi and another, 0244214989 in the name of Mat Eva to facilitate his fraudulent activities demanding GH¢1,000 from each benevolent institution or individual.
Adjartey was alleged to have asked that the monies be paid into his ECOBANK account either at the Silver Star Branch in Accra, Kumasi or Takoradi.
Chief Supt. Mawusi said two fans of Asamoah who thought they were communicating with the said footballer, consequently transferred the money.
However, when they informed the player of the transfer, it turned out that it was fake and they consequently reported the matter to the police.
According to Chief Supt. Mawusi, Adjartey used the same Facebook account to demand an iphone valued $700 dollars from a 26-year-old business woman who plied her trade in Dubai, claiming he was to donate the phone to his (Asamoah’s) mother on her birthday since he could not leave the camp in Italy.
Upon the information, Mr. Mawusi said the CID feigned interest and started communicating with the suspect to monitor his transactions so that he could be lured.
Chief Supt. Mawusi said, on June 11, Adjartey had a call from a courier office in Takoradi informing him of the arrival of the iphone but that he had to contact the Accra office of the courier service to collect it.
He was arrested after collecting the iphone.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour