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 A gang is normally a group or society of associated criminals with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over a territory or business practice in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior. Online gangs are not limited by territory and may operate side by side with other gangs while engaging in crime online. Some members of criminal gangs are initiated (by going through a process of initiation), or have to prove their loyalty and right to belong by committing certain acts, usually theft or violence, or rituals. Gangs are usually rougher and more visible than scammer cartels, and more often arrested. 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 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., regardless of the country, you are placing your life at real risk!
Stay home and stay safe!