Many victims think that they can go to West Africa to recover their money. This is just another foolish fantasy on top of another bad decision.
The fact is that the number of "tourist" deaths in these countries are some of the highest in the world. Local police have no incentive to keep you safe, and corruption means that is easy for the police to be part of the risk.
BUT WHO DO YOU THINK SCAMMERS ARE?
Astoundingly, most victims believe that scammers are lazy shiftless individuals. Nothing could be further from the truth. Regardless of what you see in photos, scammers are mostly part of gangs. These gangs can have a handful of members or thousands. These are true organized criminals with the police (many times) in their pocket. Worse still is that at least 30% are actively financing and supporting ISIS or Al Qaeda Terrorists.
THIS IS WHO YOU ARE GOING TO CONFRONT!
Here is a map of the most dangerous places on Earth for foreign travelers. So ask yourself: You were stupid once, are you being stupid again? Very likely. Stay home and stay safe.