10 Places You Can Find Internet Fraudsters (Sakawa Boys) in Ghana

Sakawa is a widespread practice in Ghana which combines modern internet-based fraud practices with traditional Akan religious rituals. It is just the local name for internet scam. It is so rampantly used nowadays to the extent that even kids would understand who you are talking about just at the mention of the word, sakawa boys.

It is true that there are internet fraudsters in almost every part of the world, but that of Ghana has really metamorphosed into a higher and ‘more mature’ stage. The Sakawa boys of Ghana do not succeed only with the combination of wits, persuasion, subtlety, expertise and intelligence which are the normal characteristics of internet scamming; they also use some kinds of ‘abracadabra’. I mean ‘juju’ or call it ‘voodoo’.

The extent to which this underground business has grown in Ghana is quite alarming. These boys are scattered everywhere that you may not be able to cover a distance of ten feet without meeting a group of them, hearing the word or seeing it boldly written somewhere. The worst part of it is that they are making it as well as getting away with it. They ride costly cars and live big.

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And do you know that there are particular areas in Ghana where these rogues are found in greater number. They are:


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Tema boys are known for hustling. Everything that can bring money into their pockets is well accepted.


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In Adabraka, the criminals are so trained that they can buy goods online with any credit card they manage to steal no matter the security. They even go to the extent of selling stolen credit cards.


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This is believed to be the biggest town in Accra. The boys here are shopping professionals in the Sakawa business. The shopping I’m talking about here is buying goods via the net with stolen credit cards


Image: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba/PA
Image: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba/PA

This is one of the areas where their activities are also prevalent. At a time, the residents of Achimota had to flee for safety as a result of some mysterious activities in the town suspected to be the handiwork of the sakawa boys.


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This area is not left out as these boys go as far as kidnapping young ladies with the intention of using them for money rituals.