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The police in Accra have arrested two suspected internet fraudsters, Hope Ahetoh and Emmanuel Tetteh, for their alleged involvement in separate car theft through social media.

The duo, through social media online sales, reportedly duped unsuspecting victims to the tune of GH¢130,000.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCOP Osabarima Owusu Asare Pinkro, confirmed the arrests to newsmen at the weekend.

He also revealed how the suspects gave conflicting names as Hope Ahetoh and Emmanuel Tetteh in one of their arrest, and told the police that they were known as Yaw Owusu and Isaac Akye in another arrest.

The DCOP said: “On February 29, 2017, a victim saw an advert on ‘Tonaton’ a website advertising the sale of Hyundai Santefe vehicle.

“The victim called the mobile number and one Tetteh, who paraded himself as the owner, said his driver would bring the car to him for inspection and testing.

“On March 1, Ahetoh drove the car to the victim for testing; the victim found the car to be in good condition and wanted to buy it.

“On March 10, the driver and another accomplice drove the car to the victim at Osu, Accra, where they agreed on GH¢85,000 as the price of the vehicle, but the victim deposited GH¢50,000 and said he would pay the remaining GH¢35,000 in installment.

“The victim went to the Osu branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank and paid GH¢50,000 into the accounts of Tetteh and when the complainant went to take the car, he realized that the suspects had bolted away with it.

“The suspects, using different names as Yaw Owusu and Isaac Akye, posted another car for sale on the tonaton website when another victim, Bismark Barima Buabeng called the number and bargained to buy it at GH¢80,000.

“On March 23 at 12pm, the complainant arrived from Koforidua with cash to purchase the bus.

“The victim met Yaw Owusu at a garage in Achimota, Accra, to inspect the bus, after which they left for Cal Bank for payment.

“At the Cal Bank, Buabeng and Owusu met the owner of the bus and they paid the cash to him; the car owner then asked the victim and the suspect to take the bus keys at the Achimota garage.

“On their way to the garage, Owusu attempted to abscond, but was prevented by the complainant, who raised the alarm and he was arrested.

“Another suspect, Isaac Akye, 36, while in altercation with the police, brought the money, in attempt to get his accomplice freed and he was also arrested.

“At the moment, the case is currently under investigation,” DCOP Pinkro added.


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