If you are going to meet someone, have them come to you! Always – it is much safer to be on your home ground in case something goes wrong!
Many victims think that they can go to West Africa (or wherever) to recover their money. This is just another case of Magical Thinking on top of other bad decisions.
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.
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 or larger organizations (cartels).
These gangs can have a handful of members or thousands. These are truly organized criminals with the police (many times) in their pockets. Worse still is that at least 30% are actively financing and supporting ISIS or Al Qaeda Terrorists. Do you think you are really ready to face these criminals on their home territory?
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 made an impulsive decision once, are you doing it again?
Very likely you are.
Your Money Is Not Worth Your Life!
Let law enforcement do their job. You may not like it or have confidence in it, but you are not a super crime fighter – you are a victim!
Remember, that this is also true for most of the world. Criminals know their territory and they can operate easily. If you show up chasing a criminal, regardless of the country, you are placing your life at real risk!
Stay home and stay safe!