Criminals have been known to seek details of 'safe' bank accounts overseas in which to transfer large sums of money (as a donation or for a percentage of the amount involved).They may also provide fake cashier cheques for 'urgent' shipments of large quantities of goods, request sizeable fees for a fake government contract and extort money from individuals they have convinced to travel to Africa for a business opportunity.In some cases the relationship is terminated with very little chance that any funds can be recovered.In other cases, foreigners may be lured to Africa to meet their friend or prospective marriage partner and can become victims of crime including kidnapping, assault and robbery.Conspicuous travellers, particularly women on their own, are the target of opportunistic crimes such as muggings, bag snatching, petty theft and pickpocketing.
Driving If you are planning to drive in Ghana, an international driving licence or international driving permit is accepted for periods up to 12 months.
Our information on International Financial Scams provides more detail on these types of scams.
Fake internet friendship, dating and marriage schemes are operating from some African countries.
There have been reports of passengers in taxis being robbed by drivers.
Take security measures such as avoiding travelling alone at night.
Commercial and internet fraud is prevalent and often originates in West African countries.