How They Caught… The Ghana dating scammers
Are you being scammed?
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, you can contact Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud reporting centre. You will get a crime reference number and information on victim support. Action Fraud also offers information on how to protect yourself against becoming a victim. Find Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.org.uk or call 0300 123 2040. Please note that the BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Be suspicious of anyone you have not met in person asking you to send money abroad. Even a cheque for a small amount can provide fraudsters with your bank details and can be altered and used in other fraudulent ways.
Speak to them online via a webcam and ask yourself whether this is the same person you have been chatting to online or by email.
Tell someone trustworthy where you are going and plan regular contacts. Agree what they should do if you miss a contact.
Report incidents of actual or attempted frauds, kidnaps and extortion.