Internet fraud popular known in Ghana as “Sakawa” has been on the rise, the act originally started from Nigeria. Many young men today are highly engaged in it. The lucky or highly skilled ones acquire a lot of wealth for themselves, drive around in fancy cars and live a better life. But many has come out to say that those who make the most out of the act usually go the extreme of seeking the help of spiritual sources which aids them in acquiring the lots.
A 25-year old boy simply known as Sammy tells his story of how he got into internet fraud “Sakawa” and the extreme he went into acquiring money.
Sammy explained how he and his friends left Ghana for a neighboring country to meet a herbalist who gave them concoctions to use for their “clients” (their victims). They are meant to use it while typing or put in their mouth while speaking with ‘potential clients’ on the phone. He however warned them not to allow any other person use their working instrument, thus their laptop. But one way or the other, one of his friend’s brother used his laptop and he died, the other one’s girlfriend also did and died too.
“ You may not believe me but it is true. Those who are into sakawa use charm to hypnotize their victims. This is because the ordinary sakawa no longer yield the desired result. Our targets are getting wiser and no longer fall prey.
“When I noticed that I was not making any headway in the sakawa business, I decided to inquire from some of my friends who were in same business but were living better off.
To my surprise, I was made to understand that the in-thing was to seek spiritual help. I decided to embark on a journey to Benin in the company of my 3 friends, Kofi, Joe and Mike. There,we met a herbalist who told us to buy three live cocks and other items which he used to prepare some concoction for us. After that, we were asked to stand in front of the shrine,while the herbalist chanted incantations that would enhance our success in sakawa.
“As we left for Ghana, we were given some concoction which the herbalist said were prepared with human parts. We were asked to put the concoction in our mouths whenever we wanted to type or discuss with our victims.
But when I got home, I became restive. I remembered my mum’s admonition never to go into anything fetish but to serve the almighty God. I kept the concoction away and watched as events unfolded.
Three months later, one of us, Joe, made $3000. But Kofi lost his younger brother who went to use his laptop. The instruction of the herbalist was that no one except him, should use his laptop. Just as we were smarting from that, Mike lost his girlfriend.
“I decided to quit at that point because I did not want anyone to die on my account. I am therefore appealing to those I have defrauded through sakawa to forgive me”, he stated.