In a packed internet cafe in a commercial town west of Accra, we find teenage boys and
young men in front of every screen, logged in on dating sites under names like Jessica,
Mary and Jennifer.
The teenagers, known in Ghana as 'cafe boys' or 'browsers', are searching for
middle-aged and elderly men in the US, Australia and Canada, and luring them to chat on
Mohamed, 19, is exchanging messages online with a grey-haired man in Australia.
"We just come here, we just get some money from the white mans to get some food
to eat," he said.
"Some of them can give you $US2,000, maybe you tell him you want $US5,000 or 5,000
pounds or $5,000 Australian."
"Wanna play now? I'm horny," the Australian man writes to him. "Wife is late home
tonight, I will be here waiting for you."
"He wants to play video cam with me to do fun, sex stuff and other things," Mohamed
tells Four Corners.
"He shows me himself naked, full naked. And I will make sure to make him happy, like he
will fall in love with me."
Mohamed tells Four Corners he has been doing this since he was 16 to make a living, or
sometimes just to earn credit for his phone.
"Hi babe, just got home and have topped you up with 90 cedis ($24)," the Australian
writes. "That should cover for us to play again as well. cant wait for you to come on
Each time they "play", Mohamed tells his targets his webcam is broken and instead sends
videos of the woman he claims to be.
The Australian man has been sending webcam equipment to Ghana so he can finally see and
hear her live.
"Did you get the mic I sent?" the Australian writes. "No more playing me a video... I
thought we were in the beginning of something long term."
It's time for Mohamed to find a new client.
Ghana has more phones than people. With high youth unemployment and cheap internet,
online fraud is booming.
"It's widespread," says Ghana Police cybercrime unit director Dr Herbert Gustav Yankson.
"It's lucrative, low-risk and it's increasing every day."
Entrepreneurs are capitalising on the scam industry.