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Scammers targeting gay men in Ghana & Kenya

Emerging gay chat sites in Ghana are being used to trap MSM by luring them into isolated spaces with promises of sex. The men are then either blackmailed or assaulted by the “fake gays”.

This always starts with visits to the internet in search of love on dating websites, without suspecting that the alluring profiles on most of the sites are fake.

Easy Track Ghana suspects that the majority of these profiles are fake:

On international gay chat sites, there are a disproportionate number of young men from Ghana professing to search for true love. Many people get excited when first reading all the lovely gay profiles professing a search for romantic love. Well, none of it is true! Let us be direct and say that 98% of these guys online do not rank above a 3 on the Kinsey Scale of Human Sexuality. Only a small 2% of the guys on these gay chat sites are ‘gay’ in the sense you think of it in the West.

An excellent and inspiring example of the African LGBTI being proactive and fighting back,  is a blog, Gay dating scams in Ghana” which has  been set up with the aim of “outing” the scammers including in some cases, their photos such as this one below.   They also provide tips on how to recognise the fake gays and how to protect oneself.

Ben has recently deleted all his profiles claiming people are using them to scam! Hmmmmm….I think you deleted them cause we caught you! Anyway keep your eyes open in case he starts again…..He used to be fuckingass4u on gayromeo and gaydar.

There are doubts whether Ben
is really gay or not. For example, on a discussion about what attracts white women to black men at Topix (user name ‘seriously seeking’), he writes:  “am a gentle,honest,sexy ,romantic black guy seeking for a white woman to be with for the rest of my life,,,”
In his gay identity he wrote to one of our undercover investigators:
“i have been in this game all my lif
e..
have lots of whites who we can tackle them massively..but now want to hit real big money…..Continued.

GALCK of Kenya also reports the growing number of scammers involved in blackmailing MSMs and have including a hotline for anyone who may have been blackmailed because of their sexual orientation.

Have you ever been blackmailed because of your sexual orientation, or know someone who has? GALCK would like to establish the true cost of being Gay in Kenya. Blackmail and extortion are the twin crimes that afflict the LGBTI community in Kenya today, but majority of the cases are never reported. By compiling this report we shall be able to establish the extent and total cost of what we have paid to “keep the silence.”  From the stories we have gathered so far, our people have paid from Kshs. 500 to Kshs.2,000 000. The latter having paid only a month ago. Let us join and compile this report – we shall not use real names, unless you want us to. You may also write your story down, and email it to us.

Via Ethan Zuckerman

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8 Comments

  1. These scammers exist mainly because unjust sodomy laws continue to plague law-abiding citizens.
    .-= Tamaku´s last blog ..Confessions of a gay Kenyan student =-.

  2. Corrupt police plays a crucial role in these scams. They are either actively involved in the scamming or the threat of police involevement is used as instrument to provide leverage in extortion. Decriminalisation of Homosexuality is the only option to curbe the increase of corruption and human rights abuses by the judiciary. It gives Ghana a bad reputation. If Ghana wants to keep on boasting on its leading role in Democratisation in Africa, it has to extend the protection of the law to this last discriminated minority in the country. http://www.gayghana.org is an online platform of the GLBT community in Ghana and is involved among other things in advocacy and political lobby to promote gay rights in Ghana.
    .-= Andy Shilongo´s last blog ..Gay visitors to Ghana =-.

  3. Well, in my view gay people too contribute to the success this menace, since most gay African men insist on keeping hidden that vital part of their nature. This situation only provides potential scammers or blackmailers with fertile ground on which to carry out their contemptible acts. If there was nothing to hide, there would be nothing with which blackmailers would threaten gay men. The sodomy laws are a only a means by which the lack of understanding of homosexuality by the generality of the African population is legitimised. The laws by themselves are not the reason why Afican gay men continue to cower in their hiding places, since hardly anyone, including the known gay people, are ever prosecuted under those laws.

    Greater visibility of gay people can only enhance our society’s understanding of homosexuality, thereby creating the awareness that these sodomy laws have no place in a modern progressive society, and eroding the potential for scams against gay men.
    .-= anengiyefa´s last blog ..The Ijaw Dictionary Project =-.

  4. Comment by post author

    Sokari

    @Anengiyefa – Its hard to make a choice to be visible when you are an illegal person!

  5. But Sokari, it is not as if all those African gay people who have bitten the bullet by coming out are all now languishing in jail. There will be some unpleasantness definitely, but even in Europe and America and other such places, it was not an easy struggle for gay people to achieve recognition, some sort of equality and the freedom from discrimination. In countries like Russia and Argentina the struggle continues. Ours in Africa hasn’t even started. We cannot agitate for equality when they don’t even know who we are. There is no other way to achieve this and we owe it to future generations of gay Africans to start doing something about it now. More and more gay men and women need to come out, so that our society can fully understand what they are dealing with. Indians have already done this and look at the results that we see today in Indian law..
    .-= anengiyefa´s last blog ..Would you take the ex back? =-.

  6. Comment by post author

    Sokari

    Anengiyefa @ I agree with you that people need to come out but its a big risk in terms of their jobs, their homes, their families and so on so not an easy choice to come out when illegal. Class too has much to do with illegality impacts on you. For those who are well off it is much easier as you have the privacy of your own home etc and it is much easier to lead the life you want to than if you are poor and live in over crowded conditions etc.
    However I dont agree that the struggle in African hasn’t started. it has been going on for at least the past 5 years in various countries – Uganda, ~Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal – and of course South Africa. Activists are working in a number of ways with the often very limited resources at their disposal. But it is going to be a long process. There have been successes in all of the countries I mention so there is no need to be wholly pessimistic – In India the law has changed by going through the courts and the constitution but changing the mindset of society is a much much harder task as South Africans are experiencing right now.

    I also think by writing about LGBTI issues is part of the struggle and I note that in the past year there are more and more LGBTI blogs being written by Africans – so we can all contribute to bringing about change in one way or the other.

    Thanks for your comment as always.

  7. Hi there, I found your blog via Twitter you have some very interesting posts.

  8. Comment by post author

    Sokari

    Anengiyefa @ Your comment was in my spam box and accidently got deleted so am publishing it here as was unable to recover it.

    “thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com
    Hi Gay Singles, I agree, Sokari’s blog is very interesting. However, I note that on your site, there is no provision for gay sigles in sub-Saharan Africa. Is there any reason why?”