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Watch Out For Romance Scams

Originally published: Jan 15, 2013

Everyone should be alert to attempts at 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. by persons claiming to live in Ghana who professes friendship or romantic interest over the Internet. Correspondents who quickly move to a discussion of intimate matters could well be the inventions of scammers. If they are after your money, eventually they will ask for it.

Before you send any money to Ghana, or anywhere else, please take the time to be very well informed. Start by considering the fact that scams are common enough to warrant this warning. Next, look over this partial list of indicators. If any of them sound familiar, you are likely the victim of an internet 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..

  • You met a friend/fiancé online
  • You’ve never met face to face
  • Your correspondent professed love or seriousness at warp speed
  • Your friend/fiancé is plagued with medical problems requiring loans from you, or had a rich parent die in an auto accident, had an evil uncle take all her/his property, trapped there, etc.  Ultimately, with less than 20 communications, the question of sending money to “help” will come up.
  • They have money but can’t get to it, or need to move it out of the country, or you are promised repayment upon the inheritance of alluvial gold or gems
  • You’ve sent large sums for visas or plane tickets but the person cannot seem to make it out of Ghana/Nigeria/Russia/Belize/Brazil, etc.
  • When your friend does try to leave the country, h/she is detained by immigration officials demanding payment or bribes
  • Your correspondent consistently uses lower case “i’s” and/or grammar not in keeping with their supposed life station or education level

Cases bearing these and other hallmarks have all proven to be scams intended to separate sympathetic people from their money. We advise everyone not to send money to people they have never actually met. In the event you do lose money, be warn