Ghana Romance Scam
Here’s something I learned today. I logged onto my Myspace account. Within a few minutes I got a message. The message came attached to a picture of a cute woman. The text of the message was written by somebody who had a bad command of the English language. Supposedly, this woman was away at college in Ghana, and her parents died in a plane crash. Could I please send money for a plane ticket, and this person would come and live with me when she got to America while she looked for a job.
The faulty English was a good clue that this was a scam. The Myspace profile had a background and a picture and one friend, Tom. I laughed and then reported this person to the site admins as a scam artist. So, this afternoon I learned about another way to make money online. All you need is a picture of a cute girl and a Myspace account, which is free. Then you troll around for a likely sucker and send your ridiculous pathetic pitch for why you need this person to send you thousands of dollars. What a brilliant business model. No money invested and nothing but profit coming out.
There are far more sophisticated scammers out there on the net. It’s the persons who know how to speak English you really have to look out for. The first clue that you are being worked for a scam is when the person starts asking you for money. I have a good defense against that sort of thing these days. I am poor, and don’t give any money away for any reason but my own. Still, there are a lot of kind people in the world, and these scam artists prey on this kind of personality. If you don’t want to be ripped off by some scammer, learn to be greedy and only spend your money on things you want for yourself, or people you care about.