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Sakawa Boy from Ghana scamming a victim with a captured video of Briana Lee

Sakawa Boy from Ghana scamming a victim with a captured video of Briana Lee

 

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 FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. from Western Africa. How these organized criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. 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.

Sakawa boys are known for driving around playing loud music

Sakawa boys are known for driving around playing loud music

They have an interview with one of the fraudsters. However, one of the things missing is, notice the sophisticated way the fraudsterFraudster A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. captures and plays back a video to scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. 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.

Ghanaian films have storylines about Sakawa Boys

Ghanaian films have storylines about Sakawa Boys

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.