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My friend in Ghana has told me he has been advised that the

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My friend in Ghana has told me he has been advised that the link is down at his Bank and he cannot get any money. Is this true? He has asked me to send him some by a money order! He said it has gone down before!
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 years ago.

Ben Jones :

Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. This friend of yours how do you know him, can you trust him?

JACUSTOMER-v6592ufm- :

I met him on a Christian Singles friendship site in February and I haven't met him in the flesh. He has sent photos though but I suppose he could be using another mans photo. I did however, send him a card and insisted that he took a photo holding the card and he has just done that and sent it to me. He says he doesn't have a webcam so I can actually see him live!

JACUSTOMER-v6592ufm- :

I really need to know if the Link is down at his Bank, so he actually cannot get any money. I need to know if that is true or not?

JACUSTOMER-v6592ufm- :

I don't want to pay monthly. I just want an answer to this question please. Thank you.

JACUSTOMER-v6592ufm- :

You are not on line to answer my question?

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 years ago.
Apologies for the slight delay, I experienced some temporary connection issues earlier on. All seems to be resolved now so I can continue with my advice.

The first important thing you should be aware of is that it is never possible to state with certainty whether someone you have met online is genuine or not unless you have actually met them in person. Therefore, there will inevitable be a degree of speculation involved.

With the anonymity of the internet, there has been a very significant increase in scams involving social networking. The main way to identify such scams is not by tracing the person, which as mentioned would often be impossible, but by looking at the overall situation and identifying certain 'red flags'. The most common ones are:

1. You have met this person online, usually through a social networking website, or via instant messaging.
2. They will usually be located in a different country to you.
3. They will strike a long-distance relationship with you. They may take time to gain your trust. They may even be the person you have seen in photos but that means nothing - it is still their personality and intentions that are important.
4. They may still use a photo of another person. You can actually try and trace the photo to see if it has been used elsewhere by using Google’s ‘Search by Image’ facility:
5. They will eventually ask for money. There are various reasons they use. However, the golden rule is that you should never send money to a stranger that you have originally met online, no matter what the reasons or who they say they are.
6. Finally, they often request that the payment is made via some dubious money transfer method, with little or no fraud protection, such as Western Union, Moneygram, money orders, etc. These are also used because it makes tracing the recipients of the money very difficult, if not impossible.

If the above looks familiar, chances are that the person you are involved with is a fraudster and you need to proceed with extreme caution, if at all.

I hope this has answered your query. Please take a second to leave a positive rating, or if you are unhappy for some reason with the advice - please get back to me and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you very much
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


I have gone to the site you suggested and uploaded two of his photos and it says.'The URL doesn't refer to an image or the image is not publicly accessible' Do you know what this means? Thank you.

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 years ago.
Not too sure, must be a site issue. Try this instead:

1. Go to

2. Click on the camera icon

3. Select 'upload an image'

4. Select browse and search for the photo on your computer, then upload it and it will search for it.

As your original question has been answered I would be grateful if you could please quickly rate my answer - it only takes a second to do. I can then continue providing further advice and answer follow up questions if needed. Thank you.