At a shrine in the borders of Accra, businesswoman and celebrity fetish priestess Nana Agradaa casts spells on her clients to simply help them earn money.
Nana Agradaa takes 100 cedis ($26) a session from cafe males to provide them the power to manipulate their victims.
We view as Nana Agraada invokes her spirits in the front of the wood idol, covered in pictures of westerners which were delivered to her by cafe males.
She chants, spits schnapps and pours talcum powder on the 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 boy desires them to deliver him some quantity because he has got been asking for the money nevertheless they have never paid the amount of money.
“thus I give him some detergent to get and make use of, then when he’s deploying it to shower, he’ll say any such thing which he wants the white woman or the white guy to complete for him.”
Superstition runs deep in Ghana and several think scammers count on juju, or magic.
“we hear there is some powers that are spiritual 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 will be the bottom feeders in an enterprise that is global has spread from nearby Nigeria.
“those that have pleasure in this because 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 these are generally really smart as it takes some one with an intellect to even sit down and fancy ways to get into this task and also to hoodwink somebody.”
The FBI reports crime that is formidable which started in Nigeria have spread to a lot more than 80 nations and are also making huge amounts of bucks per year from frauds alone.
Relating to EOCO’s Abu Issah, the cafe males are prepared victim when it comes to syndicates that are global took hold in Ghana.
“the top dudes make vast amounts,” he stated.
“we now have Nigerian nationals as well as other West nationals that are african come here — and positively they will have their Ghanaian collaborators — and so they share tips, rendering it therefore advanced even to locate.
“the top fishes deliver the tiny males on an errand to carry out initial tasks for them so when they offer them the feedback regarding the target they have in touch with, they clamp straight down in it.
“so they really graduate through the small males to the major guys in city.”
This is one way, in many cases, victims of love frauds are exchanged among crooks to be utilized in much bigger crimes, including medication trafficking and money laundering.
Exactly like in Ghana’s internet cafes, scammers gather online to trade abilities, knowledge and fake identities in a massive black colored market operating on Twitter.
In public places Facebook teams, fraudsters share scripts, called “formats”, to perform their frauds.
You can find day-by-day platforms for virtually any scam: one of the hundreds discovered by Four Corners were army platforms, unwell mom scripts, lotto platforms, homointercourseual intercourse talk platforms, sugar daddy platforms and “trust and love” scripts.
Scammers advertise Facebook pages, taken pictures of armed forces workers and picture doctoring abilities for fabricating IDs and even medical emergencies.
In key teams on Twitter’s instant texting solution, WhatsApp, we discovered scammers sharing recommendations on mimicking US accents and voices that are female.
Within the WhatsApp teams, crooks marketed bank that is australian to launder cash and purchasers wanted to deliver gift ideas to Australian relationship scam victims.
Scamming will pay well and for Skidoo, it really is a bottom that is brutal: West African fraudsters are using what exactly is owed for them.
“It could be somehow painful seeing a person who is of sufficient age to be your mom going right on through that but the important thing still continues to be, offering to survive,” he said.
” The white individuals, they came down right here to colonise us, took exactly just what belongs to us.
“They delivered our grandfathers that are great-great, mistreated them, addressed them like slaves, they did plenty of injury to them. They have done us bad before therefore we think it is the right time to spend them straight back.”
In Kweiku’s flat, we find a novel, Think and Grow deep by Napoleon Hill, for which his objectives are scrawled in the inside address:
” Target — desire: i need to get 25,000 cedis $6,690 by the finish of November 2019.
“Purpose/goal: 1. purchase a land of my personal.
“2. Lease a shop and then make it a perfume store.
“Help me personally Lord! many thanks Lord!”
Kweiku additionally 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 concise right in front of a little crowd to perform.
“In twenty years, i do want to be a huge musician all over the world, a businessman and use the youth therefore I can make jobs for the youth for the reason that it may be the main thing that is keeping us right back,” he stated.
“that is why our company is indulging ourselves in this scamming and all of that.”
For Kweiku, love scam victims are genuine stones that are stepping their future.
“Sometimes you will end up speaking with the individual and you may also feel pity for that individual: ‘wow, this individual, she is crying and all that,'” he stated.
“We feel shame, 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
Digital Producer: Brigid Andersen
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