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Each week, I get letters by email, on my website, by Twitter and on Facebook from women who are sending money to Africa and Afghanistan to help service members come home. These are not men who are in the United States military. He says he was deployed to Africa about three weeks ago, and kept asking about the money. His response was that he could not take the texting, so I said I guess that meant that we were over. You see, he is deployed and he needs my help financially or he cannot come home from downrange and see me for his R&R because he has to pay his fees. This man is the love of my life and I really want to be with him.
I tried to raise the money but was making myself sick trying. I really need your help because I’m trying to help my Army guy from Fort Campbell.
And I will make sure to make him happy, like he will fall in love with me."Mohamed tells Four Corners he has been doing this since he was 16 to make a living, or sometimes just to earn credit for his phone."Hi babe, just got home and have topped you up with 90 cedis ()," the Australian writes. cant wait for you to come on line."Each time they "play", Mohamed tells his targets his webcam is broken and instead sends videos of the woman he claims to be. I thought we were in the beginning of something long term."It's time for Mohamed to find a new client. With high youth unemployment and cheap internet, online fraud is booming."It's widespread," says Ghana Police cybercrime unit director Dr Herbert Gustav Yankson.
The Australian man has been sending webcam equipment to Ghana so he can finally see and hear her live."Did you get the mic I sent? "It's lucrative, low-risk and it's increasing every day."Entrepreneurs are capitalising on the scam industry.
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.
In public Facebook groups, fraudsters share scripts, called "formats", to run their scams.The conversation switches gears between declarations of love, sex talk and insistent requests for gifts and money."I really want to come around this Christmas and see you," he says."What about the plane ticket?" the woman asks."My friend booked the flight ticket and I'm not hearing from my friend anymore. As the talk turns intimate, Kweiku shuts the call down."She was in bed now, wanting to have sex, and she was trying to get naked and all that," he said."She wanted to see me.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.