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SCARS|RSN™ Special Report: Ghana Scam Revelation [Videos]
According To Ben Asamoah, The Director Of The New Film “Sakawa” About Scamming In Ghana, Nearly Half Of All Young People In Ghana That Have Access To The Internet Are Involved In Romance Scams.
GHANA SCAMMING LEVELS MUCH WORSE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
In The Last Two Years, The Appearance Of Scamming In Ghana Was At Significant Odds With Analysis Coming From The U.S. & British Governments, And Ghana’s Own Estimates.
The BBC conducted an interview with Ben Asamoah, the director of the documentary “Sakawa” and the author of the companion book. To view the interview with the documentary film director click here: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-47804325/sakawa-movie-director-on-ghana-dating-scams – to view his book see below.
Keep in mind that this film makes the argument that poverty is both the driving force for scamming and also its excuse. His film focuses on the lowest level of scammers and not on the higher-level organized criminals that enable them, control them, and take significant portions of what they steal. He paints a more sympathetic picture of the poor scammers and that we should feel sorry for them.
In some ways, Ghana is as it has been for a decade, but there are important changes too. The good thing about this documentary is that it gives new insights into the lower level scammers in Ghana, and that allows new analysis of the magnitudes of scamming overall in Ghana.
According To New Data: 50% Of Ghana Youth That Have Internet Access Are Involved In Scamming Right Now!
For example, one of the things we see now is whole families scamming together. The whole family comes over to the home that has Internet access – parents and children scamming together, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins! The families form into their own gangs.
But It Is Also Much Larger Scale With Whole Universities Compromised And Converted To Scamming.
Today we all use the Internet and we all receive random fairy tale e-mails and chat messages with money or love being the end goal. But who are the people that send us e-mails and messages?
Why do they do it and does it work? What human story lies behind the widespread phenomenon of Internet fraud? The new Sakawa film deals with internet scamming often done by young, poor Africans.
Clips From The Movie “Sakawa” Showing The Reality Of Today’s Ghana Scammers
In the last decade, web activities have caused a significant societal shift in Ghana. There is still a lot of poverty and unemployment, but a new generation of Ghanaian youngsters are using the Internet to their own benefit, instead of them becoming a victim of it. For the Sakawa-boys and girls, the internet has become a way of life and an activity that may save them from staying in poverty.
The film would have you believe they scrounge in the dumps to find computer parts, but in the scenes, all you see are modern laptops that never came from a garbage dump.
‘Sakawa’ is the Ghanaian term for illegal practices that combine modern Internet-based fraud with fetish rituals. In order to achieve success with their Internet business, the Ghanaian boys rely on black magic (voodoo). Despite the fact that the majority of Ghanaians are adherents of Christian religions, it is remarkable how people cling on to an ancient religion like animism and voodoo. Internet-based fraud and ancient spirituality go hand in hand in Ghana.
The scammers chat with victims on dating sites, social media, virtually anywhere they can find them – pretending to be a sexy woman. A lot of men become victims of the scammers because they are lonely and are looking for love or sex.
Western society reveals the victims of Internet-fraud, however, rarely are we given a glimpse into the motivation of the perpetrators, which are left without a human face. What western media often ignore is the unbelievable resilience and optimism that Africans can muster towards their problems – except in this case it is turning toward criminality to solve them. What is regarded as fraud in the West, is for the ‘Sakawa’-boys merely the exploitation of available resources – they feel no remorse or shame for their criminal actions.
Regardless of how human this or other documentaries paint them, Ghana scammers are still criminals who work their victims to achieve their goals. It doesn’t matter what the motivation or the effects of poverty, these are criminals that create profound trauma in their victims
To Purchase The Book
Ghana Scamming Today
With the new realization of how massive scamming has become in Ghana in 2019, this is a potential criminal scammer base of over 60,000 scammers in Ghana alone.
This means that per capita that Ghana has the HIGHEST DENSITY OF SCAMMERS Anywhere in the world!
PERHAPS IT’S TIME TO GET GHANA’S ATTENTION!
SAY NO TO GHANA FOREIGN AID NOW!
Stop United States Foreign Aid Now!
The Time Has Come To Stop Aid To Countries That Will Not Enforce Global Criminal Law!
The Time Has Come To Stop Supporting SystemicCorruption Around The World That Tolerates Lawlessness That Bleeds Into Our Country!
We Believe In Helping Humans But Not Corrupt Leaders & Governments!
Tell Congress & The White House To Keep Our Money Where It Is Needed To Help American Victims Of Foreign Lawlessness!
Just remember, that the documentary is not showing the larger professional scamming cartels, only the bottom of the criminal pyramid. These are not the people that developed and perfect these types of scams. They are just the beneficiaries of the effort – so don’t mistake them for noble criminals surviving in a poor backwater country. They do this for profit pure and simple, and most of them pass money up the food chain to buy protection and pay their dues!
Scammers are not worthy of sympathy or respect. They are just the most modern version of their ancestors that enslaved millions of Africans and delivered them to the docks.
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