The United States (U.S.) Embassy in Ghana has warned its citizens living in the country to be wary of romance scams.
In a statement on its website, the Embassy said there are some unscrupulous persons looking to take advantage of U.S. nationals under the pretext of online intimate relationships.
“U.S. citizens should be alert to attempts at fraud by persons who profess friendship or romantic interest over the Internet, especially those claiming to be U.S. citizens living, traveling or serving in the U.S. military in Ghana,” sections of the statement reads.
It further listed some scenarios and forms that these online scans may be undertaken.
These, the statement said, include:
· You met a friend/fiancé online.
· You’ve never met face to face.
· Your correspondent professed love at warp speed.
· Your friend/fiancé is plagued with medical or other life problems requiring loans from you.
· You are promised repayment upon the inheritance of alluvial gold or gems.
· You’ve sent large sums of money for visas or plane tickets but the person cannot seem to make it out of Ghana.
· When your friend does try to leave the country, he/she gets into a car accident or is detained by immigration officials demanding payment, bribes, or proof of a certain amount of cash on hand for travel.
· 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 similar hallmarks have all proven to be scams intended to prey on sympathetic and compassionate U.S. citizen victims,” the statement added.
This comes after some six Ghanaians were arrested and charged in the U.S. last year for conspiring to launder money in online romance scams.
They were Kwabena M. Bonsu, Kwasi A. Oppong, Kwame Ansah, John Y. Amoah, Samuel Antwi and King Faisal Hamidu.
The accused were alleged to have created several profiles on online dating sites which they used to defraud about 26 victims.
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