If you use
Yahoo Messenger, or other Instant Messenger services, you may suddenly
get a "BUZZ" — calling your attention to a new message from someone
you have never heard of before. The person may have an interesting
"nickname" — something implying that they are looking for love…or
romance…what they are probably looking for is CASH.

It seems that I
am always getting "BUZZED" by lonely, romance seeking women from
Ghana.  This is no big surprise.  Read this alert from the United
States Government:

        United States
        citizens should be alert to attempts at fraud by persons claiming to live
        in Ghana who profess friendship or romantic interest over the Internet.
        Correspondents who quickly move to discussion of intimate matters could
        well be the inventions of scammers. If they are after your money, eventually
        they will ask for it.

        Once a connection is made, the correspondent typically asks the U.S. citizen
        to send money for living expenses, travel expenses, or "visa costs".
        Sometimes, the correspondent notifies the American citizen that a close
        family member has suffered an “accident” and is in need of
        immediate monetary assistance to cover medical bills. Other variations
        of this confidence scam have emerged of late, all with the principle goal
        of soliciting money from the U.S. citizen. Several Americans have reported
        losing thousands of dollars through such scams.

        The anonymity of the Internet means that the U.S. citizen cannot be sure
        of the real name, age, marital status, nationality, or even gender of
        the correspondent. In the majority of cases reported to the embassy, the
        correspondent turned out to be a fictitious persona created only to lure
        the U.S. citizen into sending money.

        – U.S. citizens may refer to for authoritative information
        about the immigration process and the true costs involved.

        – They may arrange to prepay for a plane ticket directly with the carrier
        rather than wiring money for transportation to the traveler.

        – If the correspondent provides an image of a purported U.S. visa as proof
        of intention to travel, the U.S. citizen may contact the United States
        Embassy in Accra at
        to ascertain the validity of the visa.



be a victim of on-line scammers. If you want to spend you money wisely
on the internet, spend it buying all my books!




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