Ghana’s Police has issued an alert to the general public about fraudsters (419 people), who are defrauding unsuspecting people, mainly foreigners via the Internet, using the Office of the Inspector General of Police and other public office holders. The Police Administration has received many e-mails sent by these fraudsters to their victims.

A release issue by the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service said in the main, these mails are supposed to be letters written by the IGP to the victims confirming the genuiness of their business partners (the fraudsters) and giving them the assurance to go ahead and do business with them. Sometimes the fraudsters go to the extent of using a variance of the Police crown to design a fake letterhead and provide fake telephone numbers as IGP's contact number for verification of their genuiness.

"However, the Police want to announce for the information of the general public and that of the international community that neither the IGP nor his administration is behind any such transaction and that the correspondents purported to have been authenticated by him are all fake. We are therefore calling on the pubic to be wary of these fraudsters.

"Furthermore, the Police would want to inform the public that the Vetting and Criminal Intelligence Unit (VCIU) at the CID Headquarters is the unit charged with the responsibility of authenticating the identities of people. People who wish to verify the identities of their business partners can reach.

Meanwhile, the Police are warning the perpetrators of these cyber crimes to refrain, as they have embarked on an intensive exercise to uncover them, added the release signed by DSP Kwesi Ofori, acting Deputy Director, Public Affairs.

Ghanaian Chronicle