Updated: Aug 3, 2020
The Cyber Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Service has arrested the general managers of Accra-based free-to-air (FTA) television stations, AB TV and Amen TV, for promoting the activities of swindlers on their channels.
They were arrested in a special operation aimed at clamping down on persons behind advertisements on television stations who claim they have the ability to double money for their clients.
According to the Cyber Crime Unit of the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the suspects would be charged and arraigned for promoting charlatanic advertisements “because these are adverts they knew at time of promoting that what the adverts purported to do was not true.”
The police said the action came after the increasing use of FTA television stations by persons who claim to be traditional priests or work through international money transmission services and were able to multiply money.
However, the suspected fraudsters end up duping unsuspecting people who either send money to the fraudsters through mobile money transfers or meet them personally at agreed locations to present the cash.
A number of the suspected fraudsters also use social media platforms such as Facebook as a means of reaching their victims.
Briefing Graphic Online in Accra Friday after the initial operation, the Director of the Cyber Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Dr Gustav Herbert Yankson, said the Cyber Crime Unit had observed that there were many television stations promoting the services of such fraudsters, while the police had received numerous complaints against the fraud and extortions of the ‘money doublers’.
“A number of fraudsters have succeeded in duping their victims under the guise of doubling monies for them,” he stated.