The Obuasi Divisional Police Crime Officer, Superintendent Francis Antwi Boasiako has called on residents of Obuasi municipality to stay vigilant and watchful to avoid being victims of recent money transfer scams which has being on the increase in the municipality.

Speaking on Obuasi based Time FM, earlier yesterday the Police Chief asked money transfer vendors to ask their clients for their monies before doing any transactions with them.

“Vendors should make sure they take monies before doing transactions that will go a long way to prevent misunderstandings between the vendors and their clients”, he said.

Current impasse

According to the Police Chief, recently unknown callers call their unsuspecting victims and tell them, they have won an undisclosed amount of money from a draw with MTN; they ask their victims to get to the nearest money transfer agent and redeem their cash prize.

On reaching there, the so-called caller from MTN requests to speak to the vendor, unknown to the victim, the vendor sends a huge amount to the number and then requests the money from the unsuspecting victim, who knows nothing about what was discussed between the caller and the vendor.

All attempts to reach the number after the transaction, proves futile since the number is not a registered one, monies sent there can’t be retrieved

Security Caution

Superintendent Antwi Boasiako warned all mobile users and money transfer vendors to be careful and be inquisitive when they receive such dubious calls

“If you know, you haven’t staked any raffle with your mobile network operator, then please don’t be moved by these calls asking you to go and claim your money at a vendors”, he stressed.

He gave out the Police Information Room hot line to the public, to report any crime at any point in time;0322540431

 

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