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In the classic 419 email, the author claims to be a wealthy former member of the corrupt Nigerian government needing to quickly transfer money out of the country, and the email recipient is asked to make their bank account available for the money transfer in exchange for a hefty percentage of the gain.Although such email scams are more strongly associated with Nigeria, they are pursued in other parts of West Africa, as well.“The Internet provided opportunities for making faraway places very tangible and personal,” said Burrell.“This thrill was evident in the most popular of Internet activities among youth — collecting pen pals.” Burrell observed young Ghanaians pursuing a variety of relationships with foreigners online, including same-aged platonic friendships, romantic relationships, older adults to appeal to for advice, patrons offering financial support, and even business partnerships.One example begins: Kindest Attention: Sir/Madam, I am Gerry Ogodu, The Secetary [] General to the former Senate President Senator Pius Anyim, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Though this proposal may come as a surprise to you as we have not met in any way before.I got your contact address through your country business Guide and feel you will serve as a reliable source to be used to achieve this aim, by trusting under your care the total sum of Fifteen Million, Five Humdred [] Thousand US dollars (US .5M).This had changed when Burrell returned to Ghana in 2010.Gabby, for one, had obtained a few thousand dollars from an Internet scam, by adjusting the format of his scam.

Headlines warned of “The Sakawa Menace,” and crime movies had titles like “The Dons of Sakawa.” Despite the widespread approbation — even moral panic — a too-weak police and court system in Ghana has left scammers to pursue their gains largely without resistance, Burrell said.Typically, the young male Ghanaians would assume a fictional female persona online, attempting to lure a foreign boyfriend.Once the “boyfriend” was properly seduced, the scammer would invent a scenario.More widespread Internet access didn’t become available until the early 2000s.” As a result, subcultures of the Internet and ‘netiquette’ — rules and expectations about how to relate to people online — developed in the US in the 1990s and were cemented before most Ghanaians ever encountered the Internet.“Once ordinary Ghanaians began coming online, they were coming into an already organized and formed subculture, not knowing what the rules were,” Burrell explained.

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