If you have been scammed by someone called John Smith, you’re not going to retaliate against the first real John Smith you will find!

Usually, the victim receives an email or phone call from their friend in prison asking for more money to bribe the officials to facilitate their release.

There have been several cases where the "customs officer" has called the victim directly.

Fake online dating sites, scammers create profiles using fake names and fake images in order to make contact with potential victims.

In general, they “borrow” photos of a handsome man or a beautiful woman to naturally be more successful in their attempts of romance scam.

Same for the names, imagine that a scammer creates a profile on a dating website with your full name.

You would probably face trouble because your name would be associated with a scam.

At this point, relationships have usually advanced from email to phone calls.

Often, you will have spoken with the Ghanaian's "relatives" and/or visa broker and feel like a part of the family.

The majority of people who start an online relationship with a Ghanaian originally think they are corresponding with someone in the United States.

You will meet Ghanaians on all of the major dating websites and many of the more specialized chat rooms.

Since Ghana is known as the Gold Coast most Ghanaian correspondents are able to convince their victim friend that they carry their inheritance in the form of gold bars that they will smuggle out of Ghana to start their new life with the victim.