The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has issued an alert to the general public advising individuals and corporate entities to stay away from any person or group of persons purporting to be agents of the Authority and offering to sell cars to them online at extremely cheaper prices.
The Authority warns that it is not into the business of buying and selling cars and that anyone who patronises these fraudsters online does so at his or her own risk.
Briefing the Media on the issue which has been described as gaining currency in recent times, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Port of Tema, Paul Asare Ansah noted that online platforms olx.com and tonaton.com are often used by the fraudsters who pretend to be agents of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and offering to sell cars to the unsuspecting public at ridiculously cheaper prices and in the process end up duping them of various sums of monies.
According to him, the authority got worried about the trend when several people most of whom nearly fell victim to the scam decided to enquire about the genuineness or otherwise of the offers made to them online.
??These fraudsters usually quote very cheap prices that usually whet the appetite of would-be car owners and they ask them to deposit advance payments especially with the MTN and Tigo Mobile money, meanwhile they will be monitoring such payments and as soon as they get signal that the money has been paid, they go and clear the money and disappear into thin air. The mobile number they use to call will also disappear?? Mr. Asare Ansah revealed.
According to him, normally prices being quoted by the fraudsters range between 6 thousand to 8 thousand Ghana Cedis for a Toyota Corolla, VW golf or a VW Passat thereby always attracting patronage from prospective car owners who find such offers irresistible.
Mr. Asare Ansah warned the public to be weary of such unscrupulous persons who would want to swindle them and also try as much as possible to report such people to the police to ensure that they are apprehended and made to face the full force of the law.