diplomacy

A fake US Embassy operated for 10 years in Ghana

Dec 7, 2016
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Luc Gnago

For the last 10 years, Ghana had two US embassies. One is an imposing, high-security building, surrounded by wide lawns and palm trees. The other was a small office building covered in peeling paint.

And while both of them issued documents meant to grant permission to travel to the United States, only the first did so legally and with the approval of Washington, DC.

The other "embassy" was an elaborate scam, run to exploit people from across West Africa hoping to travel to the States. People would be lured to the fake embassy and charged for travel documents.

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