Can you tell me how you found out about these people?
Did they contact you first? If so, how? (by email?)
It is very important to know this information before I begin.
Glad to hear you are doing well after medical trouble :)
First, you don't need to pay me anything until you are satisfied. At that time, you can press the "Accept" button to pay me.
Now, to the point: You are the victim of a SCAM. I promise. 100% scam.
I'll be somewhat blunt, but here you go:
There is no Rahel Akuffo. (there is only someone operating "her" email address, sending you pictures of some random Asian woman, etc). There is no Joseph Wooves, no Michael Tetteh. They are all fake people controlled by very cunning people who want to take your money. They make up these stories about jail and gold to get your attention. Also, don't feel bad that you fell for it, because many people have fallen for it. They send these emails and dating requests to 1000's of people per day.
There is no gold, there is no money. These people are either out to take your money or to steal your identity -- or both. Please don't ever give them information such as your bank account numbers, social security numbers, etc. If you have already given them this info, we'll need to take additional steps to protect your identity and money.
This link will be very helpful to confirm what I am telling you:
Please read through that US government page very carefully.
Please, please, please, avoid all contact with them from now on. Regardless of what you do, you will not get money, and you will not find love. Do not answer their calls, do not contact them. Do not worry about the welfare of these people, since I promise you, they don't actually exist.
Another couple links for you: http://ghana.usembassy.gov/wwwhscam419.html , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/419_Scam
Let me know if you have any questions,
Oh my goodness, that is really horrible! You'll be in my thoughts now, that's for sure. Please don't have another heart attack.
Although you probably can't recoup your losses, you can certainly post around the web (on those dating sites, specifically) to warn others to stay away from such schemes.
Though you won't get your money back (I'm truly, truly sorry), you can contact the US state department with this email and explain what happened: AccraCon@State.gov You can also report it here: http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
You can add/change your Justanswer card here: https://www.justanswer.com/secure-expertask/CC_Form.aspx?addfunds=t
Again, I am so sorry about this, and please let me know if you want to talk about it any more.
Thanks for writing back!
Can you tell me how you first came in contact with these new people?
Thanks for the extra details.
I am positive that you are dealing with another scammer. If you send the money, they will just ask for more money, and you will never actually meet this person. In fact, "Rose" probably doesn't exist. She is likely a fake person created by the scammers to try to steal money from their victims.
I'd highly recommend reading some of the stories posted here: http://www.bustathief.com/dating-scam-internet-dating-fraud/
This page specifically mentions Owusu Richmond as being involved in these scams: http://www.stop-scammers.com/guestbook/default.asp?PagePosition=11
Please DO NOT send them any money.
You are definitely correct -- that is important. I'm 100% sure that this is another scam. If this "Rose" isn't the same scammer as last time, it is quite possible that the scammers talked between themselves and decided that you would make a good "repeat" victim.
Again, please don't send any money to them.