Ghana's police say they are investigating a scam that fooled hundreds of people into thinking they were new police recruits.

Police public affairs director-general David Ampah-Benin said Monday that fake recruitment letters were sent to people in different regions of the country, inviting them to begin training Saturday. He said the victims of the scam paid fees ranging from 2,000 cedis ($570) to 3,500 Cedis ($1,000).

Ampah-Benin said police are searching for those who perpetrated the well-organized con that saw hundreds show up at five different training stations around the country. He said they hope to have more information later Monday.

Swindles like this are not common in the West African country.