Do You Know This Girl?
Porn Actress & Model
A Little More Obscure But You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before!
She goes by the name of “Mandy’s Diary” and is Another Scammers Choice Award Winner
Of course you don’t really know Mandy, since these are stolen photos used by African Scammers, but she is popular! If you see her photo on a dating site – guess what? She is being used by a Scammer!
The untold Ghana story
Internet fraud or “419” is the act of defrauding unknown persons over the internet. Various modus operandi ranging from issuing of fake checks to using of falsely acquired credit cards to make dubious purchases. The schemes used by the 419ers seem to be growing every day with the influx of improved technology. The methods used by 419ers would be treated with a different write-up. However, this write-up aims at looking at the various forms 419 has pass through over the years.
The 419 scam originated in the early 1980s as the oil-based Nigerian economy declined. Several unemployed university students first used this scam as a means of manipulating business visitors interested in shady deals in the Nigerian oil sector before targeting businessmen in the west, and later the wider population. Scammers in the early-to-mid 1990s targeted companies, sending scam messages via letter, fax, or Telex. The spread of email and easy access to email-harvesting software significantly lowered the cost of sending scam letters by utilizing the Internet. In the 2000s, the 419 scam has spurred imitations from other locations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, and, more recently, from North America, Western Europe (mainly UK), and Australia, the latter three mainly done by Africans. The number “419” refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code (part of Chapter 38: “Obtaining Property by false pretences; Cheating”) dealing with fraud. The American Dialect Society has traced the term “419 fraud” back to 1992.
Widespread of the knowledge that most business conducted over the net are susceptible to internet fraud, many business men/women have become extremely cautious of transaction on the internet. This knowledge led to the decline of the 419 trade. So steep was the decline that many perpetrators of 419 otherwise known as “Sakawa” sort spiritual guidance in their action. This action opened a chapter in the Sakawa trade. Most people who consulted spiritual guidance were given special rings to wear on a particular finger to be used during the transaction over the net. This ring allegedly possesses the power of charming a victim into succumbing to the whims and caprices of the fraudsters.
After the victims have been charmed, the perpetrators will then go on to make their demand which cannot be refused by the victims. Another spiritual dimension taken by Sakawa was used of caskets. Three or four people interested in cyber crime would contact a selected spiritualist who will make them sleep in a casket for a particular number of the days. In taking this journey, they would be made to understand that one of them would not survive the ordeal. The interested parties then play gamble with their lives as they definitely known one of them stands as chance of dying as a result.
After the incident, one dies as a result and the surviving persons then go on to become spiritually strong and they may use their spiritual strength to indulge in more Sakawa deals. Money immediately accrued form the death of the unfortunate person is used to organize a lavish funeral for the deceased.
Whereas the spiritual ring provides an added advantage to perpetrating of Sakawa, the casket method seems to be the most powerful as a result of the sacrifice of one human life made.
Provision of Conditions
Another spiritual approach was the provision of conditions as result for outcome or success or failure or Sakawa deals. One of the conditions which perpetrators of Sakawa are given is the abolishment of bathing. As long as the perpetrators remain without taking their bath the potency of the spiritual power would be at its highest efficacy. One of the news of this example making rounds is that a young man, who went for this type of method, went a great deal of days without taking his bath. On a very unfortunate day for this guy, his mother/sister just jokingly sprinkled water on this young not knowing the repercussions saying the son has developed an offensive odor. This marked the death of the young guy as he fell down foaming. The repercussions of the breach in this spirituality method can never be compromised. Certain conditions are prescribed for the practitioners. They are asked to eat from a refuse dump; search for old blood-soaked women pads from the refuse dump; walk bare-footed, others prevented from sleeping at night.
As the demand for the spiritual processes intensified, a new dimension to Sakawa was developed. Though totally not new, the used of the term “Sakawa” to refer to “blood money” or “quick money” evolved just recently when spirituality attached to internet fraud broke off to stand on its own as a new way of making money. The culprits are mainly the youth, who for want of a quick money generating venture go in for these means of making money. These people can usually be seen riding in posh cars such as Ford Expedition, Infinity, Crysler etc. which were bought with the money accrued from Sakawa.
Fraud & The Ghanaian Media Landscape
Daily Guide in its 1st May 2009 edition, reported that Nana Azumbi a.k.a Motia Father, a renowned Sakawa spiritualist has been busted by the police for allegedly defrauding people of various sums of money under the pretext of doubling it. His arrest has led to several interesting occurrences on the same issue within the media landscape.
For instance, Peace fm online reported that “A group of suspected Blood Money ‘SIKA DURO’ or ‘SAKAWA’ boys have been arrested by the Ghana Police at Mambo, a suburb of Greater Accra, following a tip off by some residents. PeaceFM sources say upon the arrest of the gentlemen, coffins and gallons full of blood and a girl of about seven (7) years old with her mouth sealed with cello tape was found in the room which is suspected to be their hideout.”
The current form of Sakawa has also taken several forms such as the use of caskets by the culprits to practice the illegal act. These culprits go about late midnight carrying caskets which have been fortified with magical powers to draw unto it the souls of innocent individuals who get frighten by the mere sight of a casket at midnight. So outrageous the new case may be, but people have really testified that it is true and real. In any case, what the solution may be is that upon sighting such a strange occurrence, one must be alert and not panic. Panicking is what the perpetrators require to make more money out of the untimely death of these unfortunate ones who may chance on this weird situation. The more panic-stricken people come across the strange casket at midnight, the more money the perpetrators spiritually accrue from their unwholesome trade. Reports have been received in several parts of Accra of the death of people who were alleged to have chanced upon the strange spectacle.
The Effects Of The Sakawa Movement In Ghana
According to oral tradition, epicentre of the Sika Duro/Sakawa practice can be attributed to Agona Swedru. At Agona Swedru, the houses of these practitioners are found in an ultra-modern village-Woraba Estate- on the Swedru-Agona Asafo Road around the Swedru Secondary School area. These people often meet at a popular spot – The Left Eye, situated on the Akora River at Agona Swedru, and the Nkubem spot in wealth exhibition bouts as to who possesses the most expensive cars; and who has the most liquid cash.
Currently, Ghana is ranked the 4th country among the world’s top cyber fraud (Sakawa) countries according to statistics on internet usage.
This was disclosed at the launch of Microsoft internet safety and security campaign in Accra. This obviously is not a good signal for a country which is priding itself as the gateway to Africa. The prevalence of Sakawa has scared foreign investors who most often than not have been previously duped when they contacted some locals in Ghana for business transaction over the internet.
An increased trend now is the active being played by children of school going age who are mostly cited at internet cafes indulging in the act. So bleak the future of these children that the Ghana Education Service had to step in. the GES called for the institution of punitive measures to combat the growing trend.
Ghanaian Challenges & Ongoing Fraud
Upsurge in the uses of cheap broadband services by internet fraudsters has posed a threat in the efforts of security services. The influx of mobile communication companies has made these internet services readily available to all. The perpetrators of Sakawa now operate their dubious activities at their various residences where the security agencies normally find difficulties in locating, unlike the past when these people are mainly arrested at internet cafés.
Due to the spiritual nature some Sakawa related cases, legal proceeding against arrested practitioners normally come to a standstill because of lack of evidence. Most arrested practitioner are normally charged with issues other the substantive one for which they were arrested.
Are There Solutions?
Nevertheless, the security agencies continue to make strides as far as Sakawa is concerned. Their continuous arrests of alleged suspects show that they are still committed to making Ghana safe.
The issue of Sakawa in Ghana (and now in other ergional countries) is one which requires a general consensus of all the stakeholders involved. There should be law set up by the law making agencies to streamline activities of all manner of persons who use the internet. Who knows what will follow the already worsen situation.
The current trend is showing a general increasing trend in the practice of Sakawa. If action is not taken, it will reach an epidemic level. It is better to cut the head of the snake whilst it is still
Credit: Richard Nii Abbey , from JoyOnline, Ghana
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The BBC Picks Up The Cause
A short while ago, we wrote an Open Letter To The Press & Media about how they ignore the ever growing problem of Internet Fraud from Western Africa. How these organized criminal rings are collecting hundred of millions of Dollars a year.
To our amazement and pleasure, the BBC is starting a series on the subject here: BBC Story on Sakawa Boys.
They have an interview with one of the fraudsters. However, one of the things missing is, notice the sophisticated way the fraudster captures and plays back a video to scam a victim. This is not a simple technique for an uneducated Ghanaian – these are tools provided as part of a criminal syndicate, with the individual scammers acting much like a franchisee.
We look forward to seeing more videos and articles from the BBC out of Ghana, and aplaud them for finally paying attention to this problem.
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Every minute we see visitors to our social media and website enraged against the person they see in the photos. We have had death threats made against webcam/porn girls, and much more.
You HAVE TO UNDERSTAND that this is a large-scale international crime business. This is not some stripper in Miami stealing your money. 99.99% of the time when it is African (even if they have moved to the U.K., India, or Malaysia), it is NOT the person in the photo (with some notable exceptions, such as black men or women in Western Africa – but these are actually few).
One exception are the Russians & Ukrainians – they tend to use their real photos, because there is nothing you can do to them – they think (and mostly are right).
Scammers from the African school steal millions of photos and use them to lure you in. They use photos predicted to generate a response, then engineer the conversation to make you vulnerable.
Stop Hating the people in the photos – it is a waste of energy. Just assume that it is a fake (want proof? look at our “Social Scammers” Facebook Page or our page on the Porn Stars they use Scammers Love Porn Stars)
Your anger and hate works against you, you doubt yourself, you feel guilty and ashamed.
STOP IT – STOP IT NOW!
Get over them, and get over yourself. Focus on the facts: you are a vulnerable human being; you encountered a professional criminal that was better prepared that you were; you can get even, but only by being smart.
How do you get even? Get justice? You really don’t get much, and you need to be satisfied with that. The greatest harm you can do to them is expose them in such a way that other potential victims can see they are a scammer. You have to be satisfied with this most of the time. Sometimes we do get an arrest, and that helps, but not often – this is a societal problem in the developing world, that needs to be educated out of them, not something that happens over night.
So, we are sorry for the “Tough Love” but you need to get over it and move on to do something about this problem.
There is only one solution, properly reporting scammers. Facebook is generally useless for this, unless you follow a page. Google is our Spartan. When a scammer is reported on our website, Google indexes it within minutes. Then when someone searches for that Name, Email, or Phone, it will show up as confirmation that they are a scammer and have been reported.
We do not receive a profit from the work we do. We are funded by an online publishing company to the tune of $15,000 a month. Yes they have ads on their site and make a HUGE few hundred dollars. When people do not report scammers on our website, we have to take time to move them into our archives, and that cuts into other things we can do, such as working with Nigerian and Malaysia Police to arrest scammers.
Information is the enemy of the scammers. Understand it and use it. We provide a free vehicle to collect that information and expose scammers, if you will help us. We provide a huge amount of knowledge about how to detect scammers, who’s photos they steal, and their behaviors. Don’t get caught up in the drama, the scammers just don’t care, and they are right – the drama is entertainment after a certain point. Focus on the information, photos, names, emails, phone numbers – these are the only thing that matter and can be used to hang them!
So dust yourself off. Have a cup of coffee or tee, and declare to the world you are not going to take it any more.
Trust us, we know this works, because we have helped get arrests and expose scammers. We understand your anger, but it doesn’t help you, it just keeps you as a victim – even if you did not loose money, they still took something from you.
With Sincere Empathy,
The Staff of RomanceScamsNow.com
Flare, Anne, John, Tim
Do You Know This Girl?
Melissa from ATK Exotics
Latina Porn Actress & Model
You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before!
Melissa from ATK Exotics Is Another Scammers Choice Award Winner
Of course you don’t really know Melissa, since these are stolen photos used by African Scammers, but she is popular! If you see her photo on a dating site – guess what? She is being used by a Scammer!
Ajara or Farida
Another Endless Ghana Scammer using Briana Lee
This Romance Website Scammer Is:
Ajara or Farida
The Scammer’s Written Description Is:
Am looking for a man to spend the rest of my life with someone who is honest loving caring truthful man to spend the rest of my life with
I am ajara by name i am 31 female with no kids …never been married…5’7 feet tall and athletic and I was born in Colorado and raised in Ghana and my race is Colorado My heritage is English,may be u may ask what i mean by my heritage is English is all cuss our Colonial masters was the British and my dad is a British man, my religion is a Christian,never mind about me been a Christian so let us see what the future would hold for me and u.
[You have to love it when the scammer basically tells you they are a scammer by their anti-empire rant!]
Ajara’s Gallery (OF course they are photos of Briana Lee)
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Open Letter To The Press
Isn’t it astounding?
Here we have a US$Billion industry running wild scamming anyone they want. Spreading from West Africa to Indonesia and Malaysia, from Russia to China, out of control. We are lucky if we get an arrest a month worldwide.
Yet, the major newspapers of the world ignore this topic!
The New York Times runs about ONE ARTICLE PER YEAR on Dating Scams! Some have nearly none.
Why is that?
Is it about advertising? Because the make revenue from Dating Websites that actually foster the Romance Scams themselves?
Perhaps it is just ignorance of the size and scope of this problem.
There are millions of victims in the United States alone, and countless number in Europe, Australia, Canada, and elsewhere.
Perhaps we need to bring this to their attention?
So we ask the news media to pay attention to this problem. This matters more than almost any story you are covering because there are SO MANY VICTIMS!
Do you want to viewers, focus on Dating and other online scams. It matters, and the only solution is awareness.
You are dropping the ball, but you can pick it back up and make a difference!
Are you willing?
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Woman who wrote them suing Ashley Madison, Priceless!
Ashley Madison Lawsuit: Woman Damaged Wrists Writing ‘Fake Female Profiles’
By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – A dating website is being sued by a former employee who says she damaged her wrists typing up hundreds of fake profiles of sexy women.
Doriana Silva is seeking $20 million from Ashley Madison for what she calls the company’s “unjust enrichment” at her expense, plus another $1 million in punitive and general damages.
Playing It Safe
If you are going to connect with someone overseas and you are going to send money, follow these steps to protect yourself.
1. Always buy plane tickets yourself in the person’s name – that way they cannot scam you. They also can’t get a refund. Always tell them you are doing this. A real person will be very happy you are doing this. A scammer will try to talk you out if buying it, they will want you to send the money.
2. If they need money for an emergency, such as a hospital. Contact your embassy in the country to confirm the Hospital’s contact information. This is what Consuls do, they help their citizens with problems in local countries.
3. Always suggest that you will send the money TO your country’s embassy in that country, and they can pick it up there. Of course a scammer will try to talk you out of it, because they know they can’t touch it. If they are ok with that method, you can probably be ok sending it MoneyGram or Western Union.
This will not help you with real scammers, such as Filipinos who use their real identity, but it will both the total fakes.
4. The most important things for your is to decide up front, how much are you willing to lose if it is a scammer? Make a real decision, and stick to it. If you are using your judgment and believe the person, that is your decision. Then set an amount in your head.
5. Always send less than they ask. If you are asked for $500, tell them you can only send $50 – watch the reaction and what they say to this. A real person will be either grateful or slightly paniced. If the person is just so so, watch out, because it must not have been that important after all – such as you are being scammed.
Obiechina Chikeluba of Lagos Nigeria Arrested
A Federal Science and Technical College student named Obiechina Chikeluba has been arrested for scamming a United Kingdom woman of £54 000 in a love/dating scam.
Name: Obiechina Chikeluba
Alias: Lisa Jackson
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Obiechina Chikeluba, aged 21, for allegedly defrauding the complainant, Kieran Oakes.
He met and scammed the victim on the social networking site Facebook, sometime in 2013.
The suspect, using the assumed profile of an American, Lisa Jackson, entered into a relationship with Oakes, with the pair agreeing to get married, it is reported.
In the course of their relationship, ‘Jackson’ at various times collected money to the tune of £54 000 from Oakes, to enable him travel to the UK to meet her.
After an endless wait for her “fiancé”, it dawned on the Briton that she had been conned, and consequently petitioned the EFCC.
Operatives of the commission arrested Chikeluba, who is a student at the Lagos-based institution, in a sting operation in Lagos while attempting to collect a parcel sent to him.
“He will appear in court as soon as investigation is concluded,” Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, said.
Nigeria’s EFCC arraigns Nwakanma C. Chukwudi (a.k.a. Barry Bernard) over $26,520 Love Scam
Name: Nwakanma C. Chukwudi
Alias: Barry Bernard
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Nwakanma C. Chukwudi before Justice D.V Agishir of a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu on a 12-count charge of cyber crime, obtaining money by false pretence and impersonation.
The 30-year-old accused, who claimed to be a “British national,” named Barry Bernard, is being prosecuted for duping one Donnalynn, a Canadian, whom he met on a dating site.
While the dating lasted, Chukwudi, who also claimed to be resident in Manchester, United Kingdom, had sent several “love” emails and pictures to Donnalynn, who did not have any cause to doubt him when he requested for CDN$26,520 Canadian dollars from her, having been communicating with him over an entended period of time.
However, when she later found out that she had been duped, she petitioned the EFCC.
One of the charges reads: ‘‘That you Nwakanma C. Chukwudi (alias Barry Bernard) on or about the June 10, 2014 in Enugu, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud had in your possession (email box- email@example.com), a document containing a picture in which you represented yourself as a white man by name Barry Bernard, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.’’
However, he pleaded not guilty to the charge. Surprise surprise!
Justice Agishir adjourned the matter to later in April for consideration of the bail application and ordered Chukwudi to be remanded in prison custody.
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