Cyber Crime Police arrest 10 for ‘Sakawa’

The suspects are believed to have used the Internet to obtain payments falsely through various types of electronic transactions.

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Police have arrested ten people suspected to be involved in cyber fraud, popularly known as ‘Sakawa’ at Alhaji Tabora, near Lapaz, in the Accra metropolis.

The suspects are believed to have used the Internet to obtain payments falsely through various types of electronic transactions.

Briefing journalists in Accra, the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Superintendent of Police Herbert Gustav Yankson said the suspects were operating in a rented house at Alhaji Tabora.

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He gave their names as Issah Future, 27; Frederick Gyasi, 23; Ditamel Boateng, 21; Dominic Acquaye, 28; and Obed Sam, 21.

The rest are Danlad Saed, 24; Hudson Ansah, 21, Nhyiraba Kwabena, 23, and Richmond Agbozo, 28.

According to Mr Gustav, the ten suspects are said to have been defrauding their victims, who are mostly foreigners, of unspecified amounts of money.

He said the suspects were arrested after police gathered intelligence about the activities of young men engaged in such criminal acts involving false electronic payments.

He indicated that their activities were contrary to Section 119 of the Electronic Transaction Act.

The police, after conducting a search of the house where the suspects were arrested, retrieved eight laptops, an HP system unit and 15 mobile phones believed to be the gadgets they used for their illegal transactions.

Mr Gustav further advised the public to be very vigilant when transacting any form of business on the Internet and urged the youth to desist from such criminal activities.

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