Dating scams from usa
The teenagers, known in Ghana as 'cafe boys' or 'browsers', are searching for middle-aged and elderly men in the US, Australia and Canada, and luring them to chat on Google Hangouts.Mohamed, 19, is exchanging messages online with a grey-haired man in Australia."Some of them can give you $US2,000, maybe you tell him you want $US5,000 or 5,000 pounds or ,000 Australian.""Wanna play now? "Wife is late home tonight, I will be here waiting for you.""He wants to play video cam with me to do fun, sex stuff and other things," Mohamed tells Four Corners."He shows me himself naked, full naked.
These are the foot soldiers in a global scamming enterprise that's breaking hearts and stealing billions of dollars.
In a tiny flat in Ghana, in west Africa, an aspiring entrepreneur trawls Facebook for divorced and widowed women on the other side of the world.
At a shrine on the outskirts of Accra, businesswoman and celebrity fetish priestess Nana Agradaa casts spells for her customers to help them make money.
Nana Agradaa takes 100 cedis ($26) a session from cafe boys to deliver them the power to manipulate their victims.
The 27-year-old, who calls himself Kweiku, is searching for 'clients' — scammer parlance for victims who can be conned online into sending money.
For Kweiku, romance scams are a transaction, not a crime."A client is somebody, a business partner who brings you money, that's why you use the word client," he told Four Corners."Some are divorced and some — their husbands are now dead."Kweiku sells perfume on the streets of Ghana's capital, Accra, to maintain a meagre income between Western Union transfers from a woman he seduces online.
He poses as a US soldier called 'Johnny', an online persona built on stolen photos, fake ID and stock scripts with storylines about urgent emergencies that can be solved with cash."Sometimes I'm in Palestine, sometimes I'm in Iraq and we are helping keep peace in that country because there's a war going on," he said. I want somebody to be my lover, my fiance."Kweiku's current target is a Mexican widow in the US.
He considers her a prize client."She can't really hear that I don't have an American accent because she's not really a white person," he said."She doesn't have the education and she's not fluent in English, so I was lucky enough to meet somebody who wasn't.
Online dating scams continue to rise, costing unsuspecting victims millions of dollars each year.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating