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She chants, spits schnapps and pours talcum powder on her idols, as she demonstrates one of her most popular incantations with an assistant."He brought some white people to me," she said."The boy wants them to send him some amount because he has been asking for money but they have not paid the money."So I give him some soap to go and use, so when he's using it to bath, he will say anything that he wants the white lady or the white man to do for him."Superstition runs deep in Ghana and many believe scammers rely on juju, or magic."I hear that there is some spiritual powers that they use," said Dr Yankson, from the Ghana Police."Sometimes I'm tempted to believe so, my friend." Cafe boys like Mohamed, Kweiku and Skidoo are the bottom feeders in a global enterprise which has spread from nearby Nigeria."Those who indulge in this as the perpetrators — most of them are unemployed," Abu Issah, acting head of prosecutions at Ghana's Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), told Four Corners."But they are very intelligent because it takes someone with an intellect to sit down and even fancy how to get into this activity and to hoodwink someone."The FBI reports formidable crime organisations which originated in Nigeria have spread to more than 80 countries and are making billions of dollars a year from scams alone.The Australian man has been sending webcam equipment to Ghana so he can finally see and hear her live."Did you get the mic I sent? "It's lucrative, low-risk and it's increasing every day."Entrepreneurs are capitalising on the scam industry.At a shrine on the outskirts of Accra, businesswoman and celebrity fetish priestess Nana Agradaa casts spells for her customers to help them make money.In public Facebook groups, fraudsters share scripts, called "formats", to run their scams.There are day-by-day formats for every scam: among the hundreds found by Four Corners were military formats, sick mother scripts, lotto formats, gay sex chat formats, sugar daddy formats and "trust and love" scripts.
The real person on the pictures has nothing to do with these scams and is an indirect victim.He considers her a prize client."She can't really hear that I don't have an American accent because she's not really a white person," he said."She doesn't have the education and she's not fluent in English, so I was lucky enough to meet somebody who wasn't."I proposed to her, and we were getting along but I wanted some capital, so I asked her for money.For Kweiku, romance scams are a transaction, not a crime."A client is somebody, a business partner who brings you money, that's why you use the word client," he told Four Corners."Some are divorced and some — their husbands are now dead."Kweiku sells perfume on the streets of Ghana's capital, Accra, to maintain a meagre income between Western Union transfers from a woman he seduces online.He poses as a US soldier called 'Johnny', an online persona built on stolen photos, fake ID and stock scripts with storylines about urgent emergencies that can be solved with cash."Sometimes I'm in Palestine, sometimes I'm in Iraq and we are helping keep peace in that country because there's a war going on," he said. I want somebody to be my lover, my fiance."Kweiku's current target is a Mexican widow in the US.