The Ghana Police Service has urged media houses to investigate the backgrounds of persons claiming to be lotto forecasters, soothsayers before offering them their platforms to pitch their services, ABC News can report.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Godwin Ahianyor, the Ashanti Regional Police PRO observed that some persons parading as either spiritualists or lotto forecasters on TV and on radio are part of a scamming syndicate, seeking to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.
His remark follows the arrest of five persons suspected to be behind a nationwide lotto scam by the Ashanti Regional Police Command.
Karim Mohammed, Nana Kwadwo, Yaw Baffour, Kwaku Yeboah, and Daniel Oppong, are said to have deceived and swindled some unsuspecting members of the public of colossal sums of monies through advertisements they run on some local radio stations.
Briefing journalists about the incident, ASP Ahianyor stated that the suspects claimed through radio adverts that they could make people rich by giving them ‘sure’ lotto numbers to stake.
They are also alleged to have asserted that they could “double money” for them and succeeded in duping their victims of amounts ranging from GH¢50 to GH¢1000.
The ASP continued that these soothsayers would ask the victims to send monies into their mobile money wallets, after which they (suspects) would discard the SIM cards, making it very difficult for victims to trace them.
ASP Ahianyor said the five would be put before Court to answer for their crime as soon as they were done with their investigation.
He encouraged anybody, who had fallen prey to the activities of the suspected scammers to make a formal report to the Police to aid investigations.
“Media houses, especially, the Television and radio stations are advised to be mindful of the activities of these miscreants and always investigate their backgrounds, before giving them their platforms’, he said.