Two Persons Arrested Over Alleged "Online Romance Scam"
| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 8:39am
The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has arrested two Ghanaians for allegedly engaging in "Online Romance Scam" and "Trade-based money laundering".
The suspects, Moro Musah and Sabina Adzre are said to have worked with a UK-based accomplice, Opoku Agyeman to scam over 16 British nationals of about £5 million.
They were arrested on Tuesday after a year-long investigation by security agencies in Ghana and UK.
Opoku-Agyeman was arrested in the UK.
The Online Romance Scam is a relatively new form of fraud that became apparent in about 2008.
In this crime, criminals pretend to initiate a relationship through online dating sites then defraud their victims of large sums of money.
Briefing the media in Accra on Tuesday, a Deputy Executive Director of EOCO in charge of Operations, Nana Antwi, said the investigations were carried out by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), NACOB, and Police and coordinated by EOCO as well as the UK’s National Crime Agency.
According to Nana Antwi, the investigations, which was started by the UK’s Crime Agency revealed that, monies acquired through the crime were transferred to Ghana through some banks, withdrawn and later invested in legitimate businesses mainly clothing.
Explaining further, Nana Antwi said "Online Romance Scam", is a dangerous and vicious form of mass market fraud because it targets not only the victim’s assets but also abuses them emotionally. Trade-based money laundering on the other hand is exploiting legitimate businesses to launder proceeds of crime.”