Story by Dennis Peprah, Sunyani
???tema port ghana?Ghanaian traders, importers and exporters have been urged to be wary of activities of fraudulent shipping agencies and middlemen operating on the internet, as Christmas festivities approaches.
?????Mr Elorm Azasoo, Marketing Director of Social Trust Network Limited, who gave the advice asked traders and importers to demand valid certification from shipment companies before doing business transactions with them.
?????Social Trust Network Limited is a company working to create e-commerce platform that help businesses and traders to breakthrough financial aid in the country.
??????Mr Azasoo told newsmen Sunyani?on Monday?that a number of fraudulent companies had sprang up and were operating through the through internet duping unsuspected victims.
?????He said the modus operandi of those companies was that they advertised on the internet and approached their victims who are mainly traders, importers and exporters to play middlemen role in business transactions.
??????Mr Azasoo said such companies had now focused attention in Ghana as many Ghanaian traders and importers had fall victims to these faked companies and syndicates.
?????The Marketing Director said the network intended to organize a day?s workshop to expose traders and businesses into the international market for importation and exportation of goods and services.
??????To be held at the Eusbett hotel in Sunyani on?December 14, the workshop would introduce participants into the international market to enable them import cars, liquidated products and other goods from the United States of America, Dubai and China without traveling to those countries.
Mr Azasoo said it would also would also create job opportunity, eliminate risk involve in international trade and the cost of traveling expenses of traders and businesses.
????He said the network had established contacts and signed agreement with the manufacturing companies in the USA, Dubai and China under which the companies do shipments of products free of charge.
Mr Azasoo said to save buyers from fraud, payments were made through, Escrow, a buyer protection agency, which played middlemen role in the transactions.
He said traders were secured as the network had worked with Escrow, established in 1999 in the past five years adding ?the little you invest gives you much profit?.
The Marketing Director urged traders and businesses to take the opportunity to register and participate in the workshop at a registration fee of GHC97.
Mr Azasoo said the network was established in 2008 and had branches in Greater Accra, Ashanti and Volta Regions and it was yet to open another branch in Brong-Ahafo.

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