That’s when I met Regina Eyison from Ghana and we began speaking via email and on the phone,” he said.
In 2015, The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, saw a dollar loss of more than 7 million from confidence frauds.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI says an increasing number of Americans are becoming victims of romance scams originating from West Africa. Halpern: Scammers use stories of fake tragedies, medical problems, and other hardships to solicit money. Shamwell: “I have a business that’s profitable, but I’m lacking certain equipment to make it more profitable.
Perpetrators use legitimate dating websites to defraud people looking for love out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, jewelry, electronics, and even plane tickets. I can assure you that if I can get this equipment, then I can make more money and we can be together.” Halpern: Believing they are in a relationship, some victims break the bank to help their Internet interest. Shamwell: Some of these victims are actually taking out second mortgages on their homes, they're using their retirement funds, they're doing reverse mortgages, things of that nature.
I met this guy online from Accra Ghana we only chatted online a month he ask me to marry him and move to Ghana with him I told him no things are moving to fast we need time now all of a sudden he needs a laptop because he damage the one he had for his job I told him no thats not my problem my gut feeling he is a scammer.
Dating websites are very popular however Ghana scams are increasing due to the anonymity of the site allowing criminals in Ghana to take advantage of unsuspecting singles by forging fraudulent relationships and attempting to get money out of them.