24-year-old Ghanaian fraudster identified as Emanuel Poku has been arrested in France for scamming his victims. Emanuel Poku was linked to over £2 million fraud reports.
According to the City of London Police, Emanuel Poku had over 500,000 phone numbers and 35,000 bank card numbers, laptops and mobiles were retrieved from him. He also had £12,000 cash on him at the time of his arrest.
The police revealed that Emanuel Poku went on luxury trips around the world and flex in town with expensive cars. He was spotted in a luxury car by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. He was again captured going on a helicopter ride in Mexico; all from the money, he gained from his fraud activities.
In all, the City of London Police revealed over £5.8 million was prevented as a result of its investigation that led to the arrest of Emanuel Poku.
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.”
Sending a word of advice, Detective Sergeant Ben Hobbs encouraged people to be very diligent in order not to fall prey to scammers.
“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.”
Speaking to the court, Emanuel Poku confessed he defrauded people to the tune of £50,000 between January and April 2019 alone. Emanuel Poku pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, possession of an article used in fraud and possession of a false passport.
The 24-year-old Ghanaian Sakawa man, Emanuel Poku has been sentenced to 2 years and nine months. He will also be deported after serving his sentence.