Fraudsters among the old? Well, it has been reported that the police has commenced search for a 71-year-old man who was been alleged to have defrauded a businessman of GHC24,600. The man, 71, with the name Ernest Adu Baffour is said to have claimed to be the owner of a storey building which the businessman wanted to buy.
According to the Odorkor Crime Officer, DSP Emmanuel Osei Agbogah, the man contacted the alleged fraudster, Mr Baffour on a mobile number he saw on a house for rent at East Legon in Accra. A man who claimed to be an agent gave him the supposed necessary information concerning the renting of the house. After the businessman had declared his interest in the house, the man took him to inspect the property which Baffour claimed to be the owner of.
He also said that after the money had been paid to the Baffour, the suspect promised to hand over the keys to him as soon as he finished doing a few works on the property. The man was said to have innocently believed Baffour. But then the business man could no longer reach Baffour on phone after he had paid him. His calls were not answered for days and later the number became unreachable.
The businessman went to the same house to look for Baffour, but was told there was nobody bearing such name in the house. The man who was already confused, said he was served water in the same house in question. He however, reported it to the police. The police in Odokor have been searching for the man since then. The businessman really hopes to get his money back. It really won’t be unsympathetic to say that one should not only be careful when dealing with youngsters but also with the old.