Scams (while at the airport)
At the Kotoka International Airport, thieves sometimes pose as uniformed porters or officials appearing to work at the Airport. Official Airport employees wear ID cards bearing both their name and photograph. Be wary of unsolicited assistance
Scams (on the road)
On the road, scammers may pose as police officers to stop and demand money from foreigners. If this occurs: Don’t hand over your money or your passport. Ask for their name tag and Identification number.
Scams (in the tourism industry)
Local tour operators or hotels may offer you steep discounts for their services. They could be fake businesses. Do your research before booking. Use reliable internationally known tourism agencies only. If you have lost money to such scams, don’t attempt to confront your scammers, seek assistance from local authorities or local legal aid.
Scams (may occur online)
Be wary of Internet romance or friendship scams via dating or social media websites. Scammers often use fake profiles to target Westerners and steal from them. Once they succeed in building a virtual relationship, they ask for money for various purposes. If you are travelling to Ghana to meet someone you met online, keep in mind that you may be the victim of a scam. Victims of this type of scams have lost thousands of dollars.
Be also wary of unsolicited emails offering enticing business or financial opportunities, often related to the gold industry. If you intend to make business in Ghana: ensure that any business opportunity is legitimate before leaving, don’t travel to Ghana with the intention to obtain restitution after losing money to a fraud as confrontations have resulted in assaults