Canadian man loses $50,000 in Ghana gold scam
An unemployed Ghanaian lady who deceived a 49-year-old Canadian into believing that she owned 75kilogrames of gold, being a treasure bequeathed to her by her late father, has ended up defrauding the man after a traditional wedding held at Haatso in Accra.
The marriage, from all indications, was false as the couple never slept together.
Gifty Mensah, 28, together with her supposed uncles, Ben Lutherode, Evans and Nana, succeeded in defrauding their unsuspecting victim of money totaling about $50,000.
The Legon Police has promised a reward of $2,000 for anybody who would volunteer information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits.
According to a police source, the complainant was contacted via e-mail somewhere in January 2009 by Gifty, who indicated she was scouting for a husband who would take charge of the 75kg of gold her late father left for her. The complainant initially disregarded the story and stressed that he was not interested.
The lady, who is suspected to be a member of a fraud syndicate, later introduced one Evans, whom she claimed was then her father’s advisor, to further explain things to the victim.
Evans, in his conversation with the complainant, indicated that the complainant stood the chance of owning the 75kg of gold if only he accepted to marry Gifty.
The complainant, who is a businessman, proposed that he could come to Ghana if only they were prepared to release just 5kg of the gold to him to test and refine in Canada.Evans accepted his proposal and encouraged him to come. The complainant did arrive in the country last April for the deal but was forced to marry Gifty at a cost of $5,000 before he was privileged to have a look at the supposed gold.
Though the complainant was uncomfortable with the marriage deal, one Nana, Gifty’s supposed uncle from their village somewhere in the Eastern Region, insisted that the marriage before the gold is shown to the complainant. However, after the false traditional wedding, Nana indicated that it was a taboo for Gifty to move in with her husband unless after seven days.
The source said after the seventh day, Gifty came up with one excuse or the other, therefore the marriage was never consummated until the complainant left for Canada.
When the gold was finally shown to him, Gifty and her folks used various excuses to extort different sums of money from complainant.
Later, they gave him fake documents supposed to have been issued by the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) at the cost of $10,000.
The complainant, who was excited after the 5kilogramme of gold was finally handed over to him, went to a refinery in Canada for testing, only to be told he had brass instead of gold.
When he contacted his supposed in-laws, he was asked to come back for another 5kilos since they suspected it was switched at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
The complainant, who had then not realized that his supposed wife and in-laws were fraudsters, returned to Ghana and paid more dollars before the 5kg of gold was supposedly transported from the village to Accra.
While travelling back to Canada, the complainant decided to have the substance tested at Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) to ascertain whether or not the substance was indeed gold.
PMMC, after testing the product, revealed that it was brass and not gold.
The company therefore advised the complainant to reschedule his traveling and report to the police.
The complainant quickly reported to the Legon Police who are currently investigating the matter, with a $2000 reward for anybody with information that could lead to the arrest of the culprits.