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Ghana Romance Scam

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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.

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Written by Bill

October 6, 2008 at 5:40 pm

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  1. HaHa…this is exactly what happened to me. I began to get suspicous lately so I started checking on various scams. I have sent some money to said person already but having read your article I don’t need to worry about sending any more because I now know I was played. The funny thing is I am more mad at myself for convincing me to believe in her but didn’t listen to my gut…that won’t happen again. Thank you!

    darryl bowler

    December 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm

  2. i also fell for this scam these women are very good and come up with very creative reasons for needing money,i also have sent one woman about $500, but feel like a fool now they are fakes claiming to be from the us usually and in ghana or nigeria for some odd reason and hook you and then the pressure for money comes . its amazing , glad i checked this out before i got hooked deeper!!

    steve

    January 30, 2009 at 3:07 pm

  3. well you know i will all agree with ya all for all you’ve seen…and i really Thank God none of you have fallen a victim…well you know actually am i young Ghanaian boy of 17years old…and i know what is happening here in my country…all i will say is that this is really going too far..as far as am talking to you now…there are two Nigerians which i helped the Police arrested some time ago though…well i just pray and hope all this end soon…

    Wisdom Adzikah

    March 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    • I think but am not sure if I ‘m being the victim of a scam. this person tells me her name is Sandra nuworkpor
      but ask me to send money to a veronica nuworkpor in Accra Ghana. she has even given me a mailing address and I being in the united states have no way of verifying this information is there a way to do this she has even sent me a copy of a birth certificate from ghana multiple pictures of her self in any pose I request within 24 hours but I still have doubts about this person and there true identity. so if you could help me prove or disprove this person all help would be greatly appreciated sincerly wayne

      wayne

      September 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

      • Wayne, any requests for money from places in Africa are most likely scams. To avoid being ripped off, never send money or gifts to anyone. There are a lot of crooked people in the world who would do anything for money. The best thing you can do is just don’t give your money away to people who ask for it, pretending to be women who are in love with you.

        someknowledge

        September 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

      • Hi Steve ,

        PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY HAVE JUST BEEN CAUGHT IN A SCAM , SENT 500 DOLLARS TO GHANA IN THE LAST WEEK AND THE PRESSURE HAVE AONLY SAW GHANA SCAMS THIA MORNING , FELL FOR THIS FRENCH GUY AND THE GOLD STORY AM SO HET AND LOST MONEY – PLEASE THESE PEOPLE NEED TO GO OUT AND WORK – WENDY SOUTH AFRICA

        WENDY

        December 31, 2010 at 7:04 am

  4. It also works the other way around.I was scamed (in Germany) by a so-called member of US-Airforce whose son was laying suffering to death in a hospital at Accra. They where not only sending mails but phoning for hours. When i called in German- and US-ambassy the whole thing went up in smoke.But they realy did a good job and must work with two guys minimum to make all this mailing and phoning from “USA,Afghanistan and Ghana)

    Martina

    November 3, 2009 at 6:02 am

  5. Guys…this is so sad.I wish I could have seen this sooner but…anyway…I wish people could see this and be warned!Well,a very dear friend, that has always been very serious and professional, a man you would never imagine trying to get to know people on the internet…met a woman and she used his need for tenderness in order to steal money from him. She told him she needed the money in orfer to come and visit because she wanted to get to know him and his family better. She said she was british, but doing an internship in a hospital in Ghana. Sadly, my friend fell for it and sent her the money. Later, she called asking him for more money for her “urgent” apendicitis operation. Then, my friend, finally, realized she was lieing to him and denied sending any more money. Then, a furious man, pretending to be a doctor, called and shouted at my friend saying it was a matter of life and death…bla bla bla…
    Guys…they have been calling my fiend repeatedly since then…it`s such a headache…but the sadest thing is the emotional manipulation…they used against my friend.So…I ask you guys to do something to prevent this…before it´s late for other people! ; )

    Carol

    December 7, 2009 at 12:12 am

  6. WELL.,,, I HAVE CORRESPONDED WITH RUSSIAN GIRLS IN THE PAST AND THEY CLEARLY LEADED ME ON, 1 TIME I SENT 1 DOLLOR AND THEY NEVER ACCNOLIGED IT ??? WENT THROUGH PROBABLY 3 DIFFERENT PEOPLE , THEY ALWAYS FORGOT WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT, LIKE SOMEONE ELSE WAS HAVING AGO AT THE LETTERS , SERTEN PARTS OF THE CONVERSATION THEY KEPT GOING OVER LIKE THEY DIDNT KNOW THAT I ALREADY RESPONDED TO IT , ANYWAYS LAST NIGHT SOMEONE POPPED UP ON MYSPACE FROM YAHOO, GHANA!! AND SENT ME PICS. FAIZATU ADAMU 33 SINGLE NEVER MARRIED ,,,,,,,,,,, I RESPONDED WITH WHY SHE HAD A RING ON AND ABOUT THE RUSSIAN GIRLS THAT TRY TO TRICK PEOPLE RIGHT UP TO THE END FOR MONEY , I GOT NO RESPONCE ,,, SO I WROTE BACK THAT I WAS SORRY, AND IF I HURT HER FEELINGS OR SHE WAS THE SAME , ( SORRY ) TODAY 8 PM SHE RESPONDED WITH ,,,,I DIDNT HURT HER FEELINGS THE RING IS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER , AND WANTS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ME ,, ???? BULLSHIT !!! I CANT TRUST HER BECAUSE IVE ALREADY BEEN BETRAYED A FEW TIMES !! FROM RUSSIA, AND BETHANY !!! ITS A SHAME !!! I DONT WANT TO BRAKE IT OFF, BUT I KNOW BETTER, ITS NOT LIKE SHES DOWN THE STREET !!!ILL PRAY THAT THEY FIND A BETTER WAY TO SURVIVE !!! LIKE CRAIGSLIST I DONT THINK ALOT OF THOSE ADS ARE EVEN WOMAN ?????AND ALOT OF YOUNG KIDDOS !!!!

    SCOTT

    January 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    • ALSO THIS IS PROBABLY JUST THE BEGINGING OF THER SHIFT !!!!!! TODAY IS MIGHT BE A DIFFERENT PERSON FROM THE SAME COMPUTER !!!!!

      SCOTT

      January 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

  7. mic.houston4usc@yahoo.com

    a person using this email address tried to lure me into a scam. Thank God I looked up scams when he emailed me about his wife and only child dying in a car accident, then said his mother died last year, then said he moved to Houston, which is where I live with a frind who died and then later said the friend moved to China to be with his wife and children. He reported to be all alone in this world with no one. He said he is a gold dealer. I thought no one has this much bad luck. I pulled up my profile and he copied it in his profile and checked all the same interests I check including types of exercises I like to do.
    I reported him to yahoo and hotmail. I met him on Match.com and reported him to their security as well.

    Conway

    August 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    • i am on site with him now he has’nt ask for money yet, he did say he buy and sell gold,now in a hurry to met me he say he is from germany

      cynthia

      September 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      • i have also been talking to him and i have already met and called him many times in houston. I dont think he is a fraud and he has never said anything about money. And once i have already met him, my eyes dont deceive me.

        Roberta

        October 12, 2010 at 7:30 am

      • Hi folks….This man has also contacted me with the same story.
        Wife & child died in car accident, he has 1 son, he buys & sells gold.
        Had to leave to Ghana for a buying trip.
        Oh, he also told me he is from Tucson,AZ.
        Before he “left” for Ghana he told me he would contact me when he arrived there.
        I researched the “sons” picture & it was taken from a modeling agency from Hawaii.
        He calls the boy “Cody” or “John”.

        Even if he gives you info to check on him, beware.
        He has also stolen many identities & uses them to appear legitimate……

        Cindy

        November 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

  8. Oooooohhhh, plz, don´t do that shit and support any idiot!
    Men & women, think about it!!!!!
    Would you borrow a big amount to a friend, you know already for some years, without signature?
    Normally not!
    So, lonesome men % ladies, let´s have some fun with these scammers, keep them busy or keep yourself busy, like I´m doing during nightshifts always, but plz!!!!!, never trust them.
    And NEVER WESTERN UNION!
    No money at all!
    Had a scammer beginning of the year, okay, he admitted it, but that is an exception.
    But what is very specific, everyday somebody else is talking to you or writing.
    Sometimes perfect, s. t. disgusting, but no response, if you mention that!!!!
    PLZ, you all be aware of that shit! Listen t

    kk

    November 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm

  9. listen to your 6th sense!
    Nice, if you have nobody right now, but…..
    Would you accept somebody like that in your real life?
    Fall in love with you after 2 or 3 weeks, wanna marry you ad hoc!
    Can happen, but without paying money at first, sssooooo!
    Wish all of you Good X-mas, keep plz straight, plz, and a Good New Year
    All of you go on no-romance-scam or whatever!

    kk

    November 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm

  10. YES PLEASE LETS RATHER MEET LOCAL PEOPLE AND KNOW THEIR BACK GROUNDS AM BATTLING MYSELF AND HAD TO PART WITH MONEY IS A SHAME BUT YOU KNOW THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT COMING AMEN

    WENDY

    December 31, 2010 at 7:11 am

  11. AM FROM CHICAGO, AND AM CURRENTLY TALKING WITH A WOMEN FROM GHANA SHE SAID SHE WAS DIVORCED AS ME AND SHE SAID SHE IS IN LOVE WITH ME AND SHE ASK ME MANY TINES FOR MONEY I SEND HER LIKE 500 DLLS IN ONE MONTH ,AND SHE SAID SHE WANT TO COME HIRE IN CHICAGO BUT SHE NEED 4000 DLLS FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND YESTERDAY I ALMOST SEND THE MONEY BUT NOW AM STARTING TO BE WARNED FOR THE COMENTS ABOUT “SCAM ARTISTS” AND I LL TAKE PRECAUTIONS AM STILL TALKING WITH HER HER NAME IS “VICENTIA MARKHAM”. AND SHE IS FROM ABBOSSO GHANA SO PLEASE IF SOMBODY KNOW ABOUT HER PLEASE LEAVE ME KNOW SHE EVEN SEND ME A PICTURES AND SHE IS VERY PREETY AS WELL, YOU THINK AM STARTING TO BE A VICTIM FROM”SCAM ARTISTS”…. TANK YOU….

    JOSE L. REYES

    March 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    • Jose, I can guarantee that is not a woman sending you pictures and asking for money. Anyone can get pictures of pretty women online, copy them, and send them, claiming to be in love with you. You need to track the IP number from the header of the email this guy is using and send all the information to the police in the city where this person is living. Never send money to anyone in Africa, and don’t believe anyone when they say they are in love with you and need money. These are all young men, posing as women, to get money from American men. I get messages from these idiots every day on Myspace, and just add them to the junk mail so their accounts get deleted for spamming. Sorry, but you can’t trust random people you meet online, especially from Africa, where scamming lonely middle aged American men is the national passtime.

      someknowledge

      March 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      • im talking to this one chick from ghana right now… and yes, she is absolutely gorgeous… im trying to figure out what is up though.. i have even seen her on webcam, so i know she s real….. been talking for awhile now and she hasnt asked for anything… is it just a matter of time?

        vince

        June 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      • So they hired a good looking woman to help them rip people off. You wait, she will fall madly in love with you and want you to send her money for a plane ticket through Western Union. Or her mom will get sick and need an operation and can you please help her because she’ll die if she doesn’t get the operation. Or her dad will die and leave her a lot of money, but she needs you to send her money so she can pay the fees on the transfer and she will send part of the money to you. From what I’ve read on the net, women in Ghana are very shy and reserved and do not approach strange men looking for relationships, especially over the net. Forget about whoever this person is and find somebody local who you can sue if she tries to rip you off.

        someknowledge

        June 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    • Yes, You are being scammed. The picture and the person may not be the same person you are chatting with. Have you seen her while you are chatting with her on a cam? They steal innocent people pictures and use them as their own. I know because it happened to me. Why would you continue to talk to this lady. Please save yourself the heartache. Everybody that is on the internet are not who they claim to be.

      Lynne

      May 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

  12. Go thing found this site…. I have 2 ladies trying to scam… One is claiming to be FBI Agent working Ghana And the other her soon to be Husband that died in a car crash and has no job supporting her mom…

    Mike

    September 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  13. I have a friend that has been talking to a military guy (native-american citizen) based out of ghana for about a year now, a month after they met he professed his love and asked her to marry him, she has sent him money many times, including laptops and blackberries, but remember he is in his military base, he has told her that he will be coming to america soon and that he will retire and they will get married and travel all around the world. well, after many attemps that he has made to be released from his military duties so he can come to the u.s. to meet her he has told her now that he is in a secret military mission and that she wold have to travel to ghana instead, my friend believes that he really loves her and that he will marry her, she has bought a plane ticket to ghana and will be leaving next week, i am so scared for her, she truly thinks that this guy is the love of her life. he goes by the name of joel josiah lopez, if anyone has heard of this guy please let me know, I think he is not real but unfortunately he has brainwashed my friend :(

    jessie

    September 21, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    • OMG! i think this is the same guy that is trying to scam a friend of mine. Can you please let me know what happenned to your friend?? I am afraid that something terrible will happen to mine if she continues talking to this guy :(. He has the same name of the guy and same characteristics.

      Guadalupe

      December 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  14. I have been talking to some lovely ladies too but they havent asked for any money. They wantted my text number. Sweet I love you and want a relatioship with you and kisses and hugs so on. What would they want with a text number?

    dsn

    March 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

  15. ghanapolice.info/ghanapolice.getafricaonline.com – infoghanapolice@mailservice.ms

    Peter

    May 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm

  16. I TOO HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF THE GHANA SCAM ARTISTS,MANY GIRLS ON SKYPE HAVE BEEN CONTACTING ME , SAYING THEY ARE A GIRL NAMED JOSEY MODEL, AND THEY WANT TO BE MY LOVER AND COME LIVE WITH ME BUT THEY NEED ME TO SEND THEM MONEY FOR VISA….LOOK OUT FOR…… JOSEY MODEL…..WATCH OUT FOR THOSE WEB CAMS THEY ARE RECORDED VIDEOS OF GIRLS , I ASKED A GIRL ON THE WEB CAM IF SHE COULD WAVE TO ME AND SHE SAID NO , PLUS I ASKED A GIRL WHAT COLOR HER SHIRT WAS AND SHE TOLD ME BLACK, I WAS LOOKING AT HER ON WEB CAM AND HER SHIRT WAS RED.

    mark hall

    September 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

  17. has anyone heard of a girl named dutti emanuel?this girl told me she loved me.& wanted money for a passport.

    tim nelson

    September 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  18. my brother talked to a stacey collins for six months and she had her visa stolen and he sent her money and kept sending money cause she was mugged went to hospital and had to pay hotel bills. I looked her picture up for him and it was from a kelsey xxx porn site he was hurt so bad.
    her email was staceycollins50@gmail.com

    Rob Hall

    October 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

  19. guys there is a web site called rude finder .com theyare all on there, everyday i have girls trying to scam me.
    i’m not falling for that shit. i just laugh at them, they are beautiful girls, but are they girls or are they guys.
    please don’t fall for there bull shit, there lieing to you, we have to put a stop tothis right now guys, before its
    to late ok . never send money. good luck skip

    skip sherman

    October 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

  20. Was scammed by one one claiming to be from Ghana.Used the name Martha Donkoh.Went on for several months,when we shared messenger passwords,gave this person the wrong one,and saw in theirs,all the men “she” had been scamming,claiming to be my one and only.Even read E-mails “she” was sending to men too. Graham Hill

    Graham Hill

    November 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  21. met girl on zoosk dating service ends up she’s from west africa her name is jema have been talking alot by messaging recently asked me that she wants to talk by phone but doesn’t have enough airtime she told me Ghanatupop i can put more airtime for her does anybody know if its legit or does it sound familiar

    nikifin

    November 25, 2012 at 2:33 am

  22. Ghana is a high fraud risk nation, and relationships begun via the internet are particularly susceptible to manipulation and fraud. Accra, Ghana currently has a population of 2.5 million, and international business and investment is threatened by criminal activity. Because of the high risk for business fraud, Ghana gold scams and romance scams, all relationships should be verified. Our professional background check investigators can determine if the person or company is real and legitimate.Contact us on bans.linda@gmail.com. There might be charges applied to our services but will save you alot.
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    Linda

    December 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  23. Ghana is a high fraud risk nation, and relationships begun via the internet are particularly susceptible to manipulation and fraud. Accra, Ghana currently has a population of 2.5 million, and international business and investment is threatened by criminal activity. Because of the high risk for business fraud, Ghana gold scams and romance scams, all relationships should be verified. Our professional background check investigators can determine if the person or company is real and legitimate.Contact us on bans.linda@gmail.com.
    Our private investigator and detective services are strictly confidential and client data is always protected. Through our services, we enable clients to identify risks and make informed decisions. We conduct global verification services, investigations and international background checks for both organizations and individuals. We can save you valuable time and money, and minimize your risk.

    MS LINDA

    January 21, 2014 at 2:27 am

  24. Hi has anyone ever heard of vanessa mingle as i know she is part of this scam known her less than a week and is looking for 2000 pounds to fund a birthday party her dad died 10 years ago supposedly apparently mixed race and looks after her mum she has an uncle and best friend janet if u let me know will give u pictures of her

    Tony

    January 23, 2014 at 4:51 am

  25. has any one heard of luna wilson or luna kaine this is the same girl on face book beware ok…

    peter

    February 17, 2014 at 6:29 am


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