Eleven people, including a former National Security operative, have been busted by the police for allegedly recruiting unsuspecting people under the pretext of enlisting them into the National Security network and other security agencies.
The suspects are said to have recruited more than 325 people under the scam.
Godson Kwame Dohu, the former National Security operative, who is suspected to be the mastermind of the group, is also said to be the founder of an unregistered private security company, Afrighan Fidel Securicom.
The other suspects, including two women, who are said to act as either agents or regional coordinators for the recruitment agency, are Martha Robertson, Grace Osebe, Reindorf Adisi, Jerry John Kusi and Nii Boi Lartey.
The rest are Kingsford Anane Dogbe, Gideon Galilee Hilson, Noah Nina, Isaac Anyigbafor and Fadouk Bukari.
Some of the victims of the scam told the police that they had paid between GH¢50 and GH¢150 as processing fee each before they were recruited.
After paying the non-refundable amount, they were given National Security training agreement forms and asked to fill and submit them, along with their voters identification cards, educational certificates and birth certificates.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mrs Afia Tenge, said the police picked up intelligence that a group was recruiting people for the National Security Service and other security agencies in the country.
She said on December 5, 2015, a team of policemen went to a location at Taifa Burkina in Accra where some of the victims were undergoing physical training.
The suspects, she said, were identified and arrested at various locations in the country.
Mrs Tenge explained that the National Security and other security agencies did not recruit through private agents and advised the public, especially the youth, to verify with the security agencies to ascertain if recruitment was ongoing and the appropriate procedures. A number of people have been defrauded this year through recruitment scams.
First recruitment scam
In March, this year, hundreds of young men and women turned up at five police training depots in the country for enlistment into the Ghana Police Service but were disappointed.
They found that their recruitment letters were fake and that the purported enlistment was a scam.
It took the police a hectic time driving away the victims, most of them university graduates, who had gone to the Kumasi, Koforidua, Pwalugu, Accra and Ho Police depots with their luggage to begin the training.
The scam was so well organised that all the victims were given appointment letters purported to have been written and signed by the Director-General in charge of Human Resource, COP Mr Patrick Timbilla, who was later interdicted.
The victims were said to have paid money ranging from GH¢2,000 to GH¢3,500 to the fraudsters.
Another recruitment scam involving a number of young men and women hit the Ghana Police Service in June, 2015.