There influx of foreigners in Ghana has increased the rate at which fraud crime is committed. Fraud occurs when an act is done by one person with the intention that it should deprive another person of some value to which the person is otherwise entitled and when it in fact causes such loss.
To establish fraud under Ghana’s Criminal law one must prove a conscious act done, as well as intention on the part of the actor that he or she should acquire some gain with a corresponding loss to the victim that is the act must be done with intent to defraud.
An intent to defraud is defined under section 16 of our criminal code Act 29/1960 as follows: An intent to defraud means an intent to cause, by means of such forgery, falsification or other Unlawful act, any gain capable of being measured in money, or the possibility of any such gain, to any person at the expense of any other person.
From the definition it is clear that fraud is about acquiring a financial or other benefit capable of being quantified in monetary terms, at the expense of the other person. All of these frauds also contain an element of dishonesty since the intent of the fraudster is to bend another’s will by trickery or other devious means to do an act which benefits the one unjustly, to the detriment of the victim’s own interest.
In a serious of posts on Facebook, the media personality has warned the public to be cautious of the activities of Fraudsters parading themselves as genuine agents or staff of hers. She has cautioned all and sundry to be mindful.
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