At a shrine regarding the borders of Accra, businesswoman and celebrity fetish priestess Nana Agradaa casts spells on her behalf clients to aid them generate income.
Nana Agradaa takes 100 cedis ($26) a session from cafe males to provide them the charged capacity to manipulate their victims.
We view as Nana Agraada invokes her spirits right in front of the wood idol, covered in pictures of westerners which were delivered to her by cafe guys.
She chants, spits schnapps and pours talcum powder on her behalf idols, as she shows certainly one of her many incantations that are popular an associate.
"He brought some white visitors to me personally," she stated.
"The kid wishes them to deliver him some quantity because he has got been asking for the money however they never have compensated the cash.
"thus I give him some detergent to get and make use of, then when he is utilizing it to shower, he can state any such thing he desires the white woman or the white guy to accomplish for him."
Superstition operates deep in Ghana and several think scammers count on juju, or miracle.
"we hear there is some spiritual abilities that they use," stated Dr Yankson, through the Ghana Police.
"Sometimes i am lured to think therefore, my pal."
2:09 Fetish Priestess Nana Agradaa casts a spell on a scammer's western 'client'
Cafe boys like Mohamed, Kweiku and Skidoo would be the bottom feeders in an enterprise that is global has spread from nearby Nigeria.
"those that enjoy this due to the fact perpetrators — most of those are unemployed," Abu Issah, acting mind of prosecutions at Ghana's Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), told Four Corners.
"But they've been extremely smart as it takes some one with an intellect to take a seat and also fancy getting into this task also to hoodwink some body."
The FBI reports formidable criminal activity organisations which originated from Nigeria have actually spread to significantly more than 80 nations and generally are making huge amounts of dollars per year from frauds alone.
In accordance with EOCO's Abu Issah, the cafe guys are set victim when it comes to international syndicates which took hold in Ghana.
"the guys that are big vast amounts," he stated.
"we now have Nigerian nationals as well as other West nationals that are african have a peek at the link come here — and positively they will have their Ghanaian collaborators — and so they share some ideas, which makes it therefore advanced even to locate.
"the major fishes deliver the little guys on an errand to attempt preliminary tasks for them so when they offer them the feedback regarding the target they have in touch with, they clamp straight down on it.
"so that they graduate through the boys that are little the major dudes in city."
This is the way, in many cases, victims of love frauds are exchanged among crooks to be utilized in bigger crimes, including medication trafficking and cash laundering.
Similar to in Ghana's internet cafes, scammers gather online to trade abilities, knowledge and fake identities in a massive market that is black on Twitter.
In public areas Facebook teams, fraudsters share scripts, called "formats", to perform their frauds.
You can find day-by-day platforms for every single scam: one of the hundreds discovered by Four Corners were army platforms, unwell mom scripts, lotto platforms, gay sex talk platforms, sugar daddy platforms and "trust and love" scripts.
Scammers advertise Facebook profiles, taken pictures of armed forces workers and picture doctoring abilities for fabricating IDs and emergencies that are even medical.
In key groups on Twitter's instant texting solution, WhatsApp, we discovered scammers sharing tips about mimicking US accents and voices that are female.
Within the WhatsApp teams, criminals promoted bank that is australian to launder cash and purchasers agreed to deliver presents to Australian relationship scam victims.
Scamming will pay well as well as for Skidoo, it is a brutal main point here: West African fraudsters are using what exactly is owed in their mind.
"It could be somehow painful seeing somebody who is of sufficient age to become your mom dealing with that nevertheless the important thing nevertheless continues to be, we have to survive," he stated.
" The people that are white they came down right right here to colonise us, took just exactly what belongs to us.
"They delivered our great-great grandfathers here, mistreated them, addressed them like slaves, they did plenty of injury to them. They will have done us bad before so we think it is time to spend them right back."
In Kweiku's flat, we find a novel, Think and Grow deep by Napoleon Hill, by which their objectives are scrawled regarding the cover that is inside
" Target — desire: i have to get 25,000 cedis $6,690 by the termination of November 2019.
"Purpose/goal: 1. obtain a land of personal.
"2. Lease a shop and work out it a perfume store.
"Help me personally Lord! many thanks Lord!"
Kweiku additionally dreams of becoming an Afrobeats celebrity.
At a outdoor concert in Accra, a huge selection of young Ghanians have actually gathered to dance, tune in to music and celebration.
Kweiku takes to the level right in front of a crowd that is small perform.
"In twenty years, I would like to be a huge musician around the world, a businessman and use the youth therefore I can cause jobs for the youth for the reason that it could be the primary thing that is holding us straight back," he stated.
"this is exactly why our company is indulging ourselves in this scamming and all that."
For Kweiku, relationship scam victims are genuine stones that are stepping their future.
"Sometimes you'll be speaking with anyone and you may also feel shame for the individual: 'wow, this individual, she actually is crying and all of that,'" he stated.
"We feel shame, however you too, you'll need cash."
View meet up with the Scammers on Four Corners tonight at 8.30pm on ABC television and iView.
Reporter: Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop
Producer: Lesley Robinson
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