Prolific Ghanaian YouTuber, blogger and social media influencer, Felix Adomako Mensah, popularly known as Zion Felix has detailed how he was scammed by some fraudulent guys hiding behind the name of Professor Agyemang Badu Akosa, a former director of the Ghana Health Service.
Zion Felix narrated how these scammers plotted to scam him to the tune of Ghc 1, 980 in a video posted online.
He recalled receiving a call from someone who claimed to be a nephew of Professor Akosa showing interest in buying a car he was selling on Monday, February 3, 2020. This was after he has posted the advert of the car on social media and tonaton.com.
According to him, they agreed on a price of Ghc 76,000 after he quoted Ghc 80,000. This supposed nephew of Professor Akosa claimed his uncle who is in the United Kingdom asked them to buy a car and add to their company cars and assured him that his uncle will call him later after their communication. Ironically, this guy told Zion to add about Ghc 1,000 or Ghc 2,000 to the amount they have agreed on when his Uncle calls to verify the cost of the vehicle, stating that amount will be his [Fake nephew’s] share.
After some time, someone placed a car to Zion Felix with the phone number identity hidden and introduced himself as Professor Badu Akosa. He then queried about the cost of the car and he [Zion] mentioned Ghc 80,000. The imposter replied he will pay Ghc 76,000 just like his nephew told the seller in their early conversation. Later, he gave him a UK phone number +447517564466 of which they started communicating on WhatsApp.
However, Professor Akosa’s impersonator revealed in another call that he doesn’t trust his nephew so he would like to send the money to him directly so that they can be delivered to his people afterwards. He claimed to be a resident of Scotland in the UK and will leave for a seminar in Holland so he wants them to finish with the transaction before embarking on his trip.
In a turn of events, the man told Zion Felix that it will take a long time for him to receive the money if he sends it through Western Union so he has planned to add it to some goods he is sending to his old father in Ghana. He then requested details of Zion he will use in sending the goods to him. Following that, he sent codes which will aid the victim to get the goods. The supposed Professor Akosa claimed the goods were sent through Global Express and added a landline and an MTN number (0302955666 and 0240408866) to be called for confirmation of the items which have been sent by him.
Quickly, the Ghanaian blogger called the numbers given and someone pretending to be a rep of Global Express confirmed the goods will arrive the following day but he has to make a payment of Ghc 980 and he obliged. After sending the money, the fake Global Express rep turned back to say he was supposed to pay Ghc 1,980. Zion Felix then sent Ghc 1,000 to them through MTN mobile money. A code was sent to him following the payment which was sent to 0240408866 with a registration name, Kwabena Boateng, a supposed manager of Global Express. According to him, he felt being scammed after the payment was made.
Around 9 PM on Monday, Zion Felix said the fake Professor Badu Akosa called to inquire whether he has finished dealing with Global Express and he gave an affirmative answer. Professor then bid him a good night and stated he is preparing towards his trip to Holland.
Now the big blow, Zion called the sham Global Express rep to ask about the arrival of the goods and he was told they are sorting out the items so by 10:15 AM, he will receive the goods. Within some time, Professor also called asking about how far they have reached and he updated him on the progress. His nephew also called when Zion was on the radio hosting Radio Univers’ ‘Brunch2Lunch’ show and he informed him where he was which will make it impossible for them to communicate.
Later, while he was still on the radio, he received a call from the fake Global Express rep stating that cocaine has been found in the goods sent by the dissemble Professor Badu Akosa and also it is not right for money to be sent through them. Zion, who was furious at the time warned them not to call him again since they have succeeded in scamming him.
From this experience, Zion Felix advised others to be careful in order not to fall victim to the fraudulence being masterminded by these scammers.
Watch the full video of how Zion Felix narrated his ordeal below.