Because homosexual sex is illegal in Ghana (as it is in many African nations) there’s little resource to the law after one of these robberies.As Haute Haiku suggests in the post on Global Voices, this type of scam is particularly likely to ensare gay people who are just coming out and trying to discover the gay scene.I’ve written and spoken in the past about 419 scams as evidence that the connections we can build over the Internet are at least as likely to be negative as positive ones.
My friend hadn’t hired a prostitute, and contacted the front desk of the hotel, who explained that this was a pretty common scam.
The scammer hopes to reach a tourist who had hired a prostitute and saw himself as a potential target for extortion, or a person who hadn’t hired a prostitute but was sufficiently embarrased by the prospect of being confronted in a hotel lobby that he pays hush money.
(It’s pretty common in record collecting to buy a record that isn’t quite the condition it was advertised as being in. A community based rating system might address these issues…) I’ll be interested to see whether community sites emerge to try to police and mitigate the dangers of gay sex scams.
The relative anonymity of the internet, the dangers of the scams and the benefits of removing predators from a community seems like the perfect recipe for this sort of community policing – I’d expect to see dating sites encourage this sort of policing as well.
A number of websites discuss this phenomenon in Ghana and Kenya and offer worthwhile, practical advice.
Other take a more direct approach – Fakers2Go offers a photo gallery and profiles of men believed to be scammers posting their profiles on gay dating sites, and asks anyone else victimized to post information on the website as well.
Aus diesen Anfängen waren nach zwischendurch unterschiedlichen Gemeindezuordnungen zuletzt drei Kirchenbezirke mit jeweils etwa 2500 Gemeindemitgliedern entstanden.
Im Januar 2017 wurden die drei Dortmunder Bezirke wieder zu einem Bezirk zusammengeführt.
Imagine if e Bay had begun without a feedback mechanism and a community, say of record collectors, began monitoring bad trades and developing a website to identify scammers.