The Kwabenya police have apprehended a 22-year-old Nigerian student for allegedly hacking into the e-mail of a Ghanaian medical doctor to defraud a family friend of the doctor.
The suspect, Onuoha Everest, was apprehended after succeeding in taking various sums of money from the victim.
Narrating how Everest managed to defraud the victim to DAILY GUIDE, Superintendent Victoria Yamoah, Kwabenya District Police Commander, said the medical doctor is a Ghanaian who lives and practises outside the country.
On December 6, 2014, the suspect was said to have hacked into the e-mail account of the doctor, (name withheld) and pretending to be him, sent a message to the victim that he (doctor) and his family were involved in a fatal accident and needed assistance.
According to the commander, Everest wrote that he had used most of his money available and needed GH?5,000 for the medical bills.
Suspect attached an account number to the mail and sent it to the victim who also lives outside the country.
Touched by the mail, Superintendent Victoria Yamoah said, the complainant immediately sent the GH?5,000 to him (suspect) through the provided account number.
Everest immediately went to the bank to withdraw the money; and not satisfied, sent another e-mail to the complainant again requesting for additional GH?23,000 on December 8, 2014.
Superintendent Yamoah told the paper that the complainant, who said he was not having the requested amount at that moment, replied to the mail indicating that he would send GH?10,000 on December 10, 2014 and make the rest available later.
But on December 9, 2014, the medical doctor called the victim (complainant) on the telephone and in the course of their conversation, the complainant asked about the accident and how he (doctor) and his family were faring.
When the medical doctor indicated that he had not been involved in any accident, the victim realized that he had been duped, and quickly called the bank through which he sent the money to Onuoha Everest and lodged a complaint with the manager.
With the assistance of the bank manager, Everest was informed that an amount of GH?10,000 had been sent into his account; and when he stormed the bank with intent to withdraw the money, he was arrested.
Onuoha later confessed to the offence and was going to be processed for prosecution, according to Superintendent Yamoah.
By Linda Tenyah