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Sakawa

Internet scammers from Ghana are really good at shaking down  gullible Westerners – a profitable business. Asamoah shows who they are and why they do it.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Sakawa

Many of our discarded computers end up in poisonous landfills in Ghana. The hard disks, which can be read relatively easily, are a treasure trove of photos and private data of former owners. Internet fraudsters use these data. In his documentary Belgian-Ghanaian director Ben Asamoah shows how the scamming works and who the scammers are. He does so from the perspective of the Ghanaians.

Take Anna, a young mother who tries to learn the trade of an Internet fraudster from an experienced scammer, but doesn't have a knack for it. "One Dollar" has more luck as a master con who manages to seduce and scam his victims with his fake account featuring a profile picture of a buxom lady. Does he feel sorry for his victims? A question you can easily answer yourself when you consider that he normally has to make do with $12 a month.

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