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A woman that I'm talking to in Ghana wants to send me gold

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A woman that I'm talking to in Ghana wants to send me gold what would be best way to do that and not get scammed
JA: Because consumer protection law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: She is in Accra
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No she said gold is here moms
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I told her to cash in some of gold and then send it to me
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Brandon M. replied 4 months ago.

Good afternoon. You're right to be concerned about being scammed. There are several scams being run out of Ghana right now, and several involve women who allegedly have inherited gold in some form or another. The best way to not get scammed is to not send money to anyone. The common scams all require getting the "mark" to transfer funds before the (non-existent) gold is received. This makes sense since the gold isn't real. The excuses vary--sometimes, they claim that there's an export fee or a customs fee, sometimes there has to be a "good faith" transactional deposit, sometimes, they are allegedly stopped at the airport and have to pay a "tax" to get released from custody with the gold... but one way or another, the scammer always "needs" money to complete the transaction, even though she is allegedly sitting on thousands or millions of dollars worth of gold. Do not send money.

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