- A 24-year-old Ghanaian has been jailed for 2 years for defrauding
- Emanuel Poku was arrested in France with thousands of phone numbers and credit bank cards
- According to the London Police, he used proceeds of his crime to travel around the world
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A Ghanaian by name Emanuel Poku has been busted in France for fraud.
The 24-year-old fraudster had over 500,000 phone numbers and 35,000 bank card numbers, linked to more than £2 million of reported losses, on laptops and mobiles when he was arrested.
He also had more than £12,000 in cash in his home.
According to the City of London Police, Poku went on luxury trips around the world with monies made from fraudulent activities.
He was in an instance pictured enjoying a helicopter ride in Mexico, and posed next to a luxury car by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The police also estimated that over £5.8 million worth of fraud was disrupted or prevented as a result of its investigation.
Meanwhile, Poku admitted in court that between January and April 2019 alone, he defrauded people to the tune of £50,000.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, possession of an article used in fraud and possession of a false passport.
Detective Sergeant Ben Hobbs said: “Emanuel Poku was committing fraud on an industrial scale, funding luxury holidays around the world by stealing money from unsuspecting victims. His devices had been used to send ‘smishing’ text messages to thousands of customers, trying to trick them into giving away their details before using Sim swaps to complete fraudulent transactions.”
The police further urged people to always be vigilant and watch out for scams like what Poku perpetrated.
“Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text message or email, as it could be a fraudster trying to harvest your personal and bank details.”
Emanuel Poku has since been jailed or two years and nine months.
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