Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Accra Private Detectives Confront Online Fraud

During the past few years, online fraud and scams originating from Ghana have seen a steep increase. Victims are primarily English speaking people from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, although no country is immune. Many Ghanaians are frustrated with the nation's increasingly bad reputation. Many citizens and analysts suggest that the scammers are actually Nigerians who cross the border to conduct fraud via the Internet, since Nigeria based scams are no longer as effective.

Several investigation companies with operations in Accra have taken an impressive stand at exposing the online or internet based scams. This type of fraud usually involves some form of romance and/or cash transfers or gems. The scams are always indentified by the advance fee which usually comes in the form of an emergency or business complication. Whether the efforts can shut the scammers down, however, remains to be seen.

Complicating matters is the fact that local government and police in Ghana is largely corrupt with little incentive to stop the crime. In some cases, police in Ghana may receive payment from criminal groups to halt any investigation or inquiry. Time will tell if Ghana can avoid the international reputation that followed Nigeria's infamous scams. The clock is ticking and the country's reputation is at stake, not to mention the potential victims.

Bottom line, any individual or company with personal or commercial relations in Ghana is strongly advised to contract a professional investigator for a ghana background check service. Due to the high level of risk, it's a wise insurance policy.

Best of luck,

A. Hathaway
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