Victims of romance scams originating in Ghana can report to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, states the Embassy of the United States in Ghana. Victims of Ghanaians involved in Internet fraud 419 scams should report to IC3 or the U.S. Secret Service.
Ghana romance scams involve correspondence with unknown individuals met via Internet dating sites who quickly become intimate, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana. The scammers then attempt to extort money from the victim with stories involving medical problems, inherited wealth or the need for expensive plane tickets. The victim sends the money, but the correspondent turns out to be fictitious. To expedite processing of the complaint, the IC3 website requests detailed information, such as contact information of the person complaining, any available contact information on the scammers, and specific details of the fraud, reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The IC3 responds by sending an email with a complaint ID and password so that victims can view the complaint and add additional relevant information.
Fraud 419 scams involve Ghanaians and nationals from other African countries contacting victims via the Internet to offer vast financial windfalls of millions of dollars for very little effort, reports the U.S. Embassy in Ghana. The scams involve forged documents, bogus fees needed in advance, confidentiality and a sense of urgency. Victims of advance fee fraud should report the crime to the local Secret Service office, according to the U.S. Secret Service.