Ghana National Held for Online Fraud.

 
Ghana national was arrested by the Commissionerate Police in connection with an e-mail scam in which online fraudsters duped three persons here of  ` 40 lakh.
 The accused, identified as Annan Andrew Essien (33), is a resident of Accra, the capital of Ghana. He started off with a series of e-mail messages through which the victims were convinced to transfer huge amounts of money to the account of one Alex Bruice, an associate of Annan.

Both Annan and Alex had allegedly presented themselves as members of a charitable organisation which planned to build schools and orphanages for poor children.
The victims were reportedly assured that the organisation would reward its contributors in an enormous proportion to their deposits.
 Falling prey to this sham, the three victims of Kanan Vihar, Phase-2, deposited ` 3 lakh, ` 7 lakh and ` 30 lakh respectively in Alex’s account.

 As both Alex and Annan remained incommunicado for a couple of weeks after the money transfer, the depositors smelled a rat and lodged an FIR with the Infocity police. Based on the complaint, the police asked the victims to re-establish a contact with the accused following which Annan arrived in the city with a tourist visa on Monday.
The accused had also brought a bag full of currency sized black papers which he claimed to be dollars, and that he had blackened them to evade the custom officials at the airports during his transit.
 “The counterfeit currencies had to be distributed among the depositors as per the instructions of Alex,” said Annan during preliminary investigation.

Annan was arrested when he had gone to the home of one of the depositors to collect `10 lakh, said Bijayini Singh, IIC of Infocity police station. The accused has been produced in a local court, she added.

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