The leader of a social media fraud syndicate has been arrested after he turned himself in at the Police Headquarters.
According to Starr News, an investigation was conducted upon a tipoff by a victim based in the United States of America about the activities of the Social Media Fraud syndicate.
The accused person, Joshua Ekow Sagoe is said to have posed as an officer of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and Interpol who goes by the name Joshua Torkor and contacts his victims through social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.
He then tells them that the CID and Interpol have intercepted some information about them and are ready to publish them, after which he threatens that, the Interpol will come looking for the victims and possibly deport them to Ghana for prosecution.
Per reports if he succeeds in getting the attention of his victims, he proceeds to make financial demands claiming that he will influence the security agencies to back off.
Ekow Sagoe is reported to have succeeded in defrauding several unsuspecting people both in Ghana and abroad.
The accused is reported to have made a demand for $4,000.00 from one of his victims who after contacting Starr News was advised to deliberately refer the demand to his cousin here in Ghana.
The suspect promptly agreed and started engaging a member of the investigation team for possible transfer of the funds.
The News team then requested that the suspect assigns an agent to receive the money on his behalf.
Based on that, he introduced a lady as his secretary who was to receive the money on his behalf.
The lady, Adwoa Akumia, a National Service Person met Starr News investigators at the front office of the Foreign Affairs Ministry to receive the money on behalf of Joshua Torkor.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry upon knowledge of the incident has since canceled the National Service offer to Akumia, and has sent her back to the National Service Secretariat for possible re-posting.
The National Service Secretariat under the auspices of the Executive Director organized a meeting between the investigative team and the principal witness (Adwoa).
Joshua after Adwoa’s arrest voluntarily reported himself to the Police where he was arrested and subsequently charged with impersonation.