“we hear that there’s some spiritual abilities that they use, ” stated Dr Yankson, through the Ghana Police.
“Sometimes i am lured to think therefore, my pal. “
Cafe boys like Mohamed, Kweiku and Skidoo would be the bottom feeders in a worldwide enterprise which has spread from nearby Nigeria.
“those that enjoy this while the perpetrators — most of these are unemployed, ” Abu Issah, acting mind of prosecutions at Ghana’s Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), told Four Corners.
“But they have been really smart since it takes somebody having an intellect to sit back and even fancy ways to get into this task also to hoodwink somebody. “
The FBI reports crime that is formidable which originated from Nigeria have spread to a lot more than 80 nations consequently they are making huge amounts of bucks per year from frauds alone.
Relating to EOCO’s Abu Issah, the cafe males are set victim when it comes to syndicates that are global have taken hold in Ghana.
“the guys that are big huge amount of money, ” he said.
“we now have Nigerian nationals as well as other West nationals that are african come here — and undoubtedly they’ve their Ghanaian collaborators — plus they share a few ideas, rendering it so sophisticated even to find.
“the major fishes send the tiny guys on an errand to attempt initial tasks they give them the feedback as to the victim they’ve got in touch with, they clamp down on them for them and when.
“so that they graduate through the boys that are little the major dudes in city. “
Similar to in Ghana’s internet cafes, scammers gather online to trade abilities, knowledge and fake identities in a huge market that is black on Twitter.
In public places Facebook teams, fraudsters share scripts, called “formats”, to operate their frauds.
You can find day-by-day platforms for each scam: one of the hundreds discovered by Four Corners were army platforms, ill mom scripts, lotto platforms, gay sex talk platforms, sugar daddy platforms and “trust and love” scripts.
Scammers advertise Facebook pages, taken pictures of army workers and photo doctoring abilities for fabricating IDs and also medical emergencies.
In key teams on Twitter’s instant texting solution, WhatsApp, we found scammers sharing great tips on mimicking US accents and feminine sounds.
When you look at the WhatsApp teams, crooks promoted bank that is australian to launder cash and purchasers wanted to deliver gift suggestions to Australian relationship scam victims.
Scamming will pay well as well as for Skidoo, it really is a brutal important thing: West African fraudsters are using what exactly is owed for them.
“It may be somehow painful seeing somebody who is old sufficient to end up being your mom going right through that nevertheless the important thing nevertheless stays, we have to survive, ” he stated.
” The white individuals, they came down here to colonise us, took exactly exactly what belongs to us.
“They delivered our great-great grandfathers here, mistreated them, addressed them like slaves, they did lots of problems for them. They have done us bad before and we also think it is the right time to spend them right back. “
In Kweiku’s flat, we find a novel, Think and Grow deep by Napoleon Hill, by which his goals are scrawled from the cover that is inside
” Target desire that is— i need to get 25,000 cedis $6,690 by the conclusion of November 2019.
“Purpose/goal: 1. Obtain a land of personal.
“2. Lease a shop and also make it a perfume store.
“Help me personally Lord! Many thanks Lord! “
Kweiku also dreams of becoming an Afrobeats celebrity.
At a concert that is outdoor Accra, a huge selection of young Ghanians have actually gathered to dance, tune in to music and celebration.
Kweiku takes to the level in the front of a little crowd to perform.
“In twenty years, i wish to be a large musician internationally, a businessman and employ the youth therefore I can cause jobs for the youth because that could be the main thing that is keeping us straight back, ” he stated.
“that is why we have been indulging ourselves in this scamming and all of that. “
For Kweiku, love scam victims are genuine stones that are stepping their future.
“Sometimes you are conversing with the person and you may also feel pity for that individual: ‘wow, this person, she is crying and all that, ‘” he stated.
“We feel shame, however you too, you want money. “
Watch meet up with the Scammers on Four Corners tonight at 8.30pm on ABC television and iView.
Reporter: Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop
Producer: Lesley Robinson
Digital Producer: Brigid Andersen
Digital Design: Georgina Piper