In fact, this type of scam is called a black money scam and it is an old scam which has resurfaced.It is sometimes called “black dollar scam” or “wash wash scam“.
Originally, it is a scam where con artists attempt to fraudulently obtain money from a victim by persuading him or her that piles of banknote-sized paper in a trunk or a safe— are actually currency notes that have been dyed to avoid detection by authorities.
The victim is persuaded to pay fees and purchase chemicals to remove the dye, with the promise of a share in the proceeds.
Modified- What Ghpage.com gathered from the recent video
“I think they target a particular group of persons such as some of us who sell stuff online.He(the trickster) called me and said he saw my number selling shoes so he wants to buy one.” He said
“We met at my house and he bought the shoes and paid.After that, he told me there Is a business he does and wants to introduce me to it. I said okay and he brought out the ‘counterfeit money’ and showed it to me.” He added
“Basically, he did the same demonstration you see in the video — In my case, I gave him 10ghc, Which he successfully did and made it 30ghc. He then gave me my original 10ghc and one of the so-called counterfeit 10ghc to make 20ghc.”He continued
“He then told me, if I bring more money like say 10,000ghc they will use it to do plenty more money like 100,000 then we share it 50/50.” Rahman said.
“The serial numbers on the counterfeit was different from my own original money so it triggered my mind to think of foul play because if you used my money to generate another money then the other money should be the same serial number as mine”
“I then took the 10ghc ‘counterfeit’ they washed and gave me to my bank and asked them to check for me if it’s genuine and lo and behold they said it was 100% original money”
“That was when I confirmed it was a 419 scheme to steal my money.I had then informed one police to effect an arrest when they contact me again.I called them to come so we do it but they felt something fishy and has since not contacted me again” Rahman stated
And when asked how he got to know these guys are not Ghanaians but Ivorians he said;
“These guys are not Ghanaians or at least most of them because of their ascent— he told me he was from ivory coast”
Now the trick -Explained
The money they have quoted with a black chemical is a real money.And they just use that to demonstrate for you to trust them.After ‘buying’ your trust and of course, if you agree to bring more money—That is when they will change it with fake papers/currencies.
And below is the video of the alleged Ivorians demonstrating how to clean the black money
However, a Ghanaian native caught perpetrating similar scam revealed to ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross the tricks of the trade.
“Authentic hundred US dollar bills are coated with a protective layer of glue and then dipped into a solution of tincture of iodine. The bill, when dried, looks and feels like black sugar paper. The mass of notes are real sugar paper; when the victim picks a “note” for cleaning, it is switched with the iodine coated note.”
“The “magic cleaning solution” is actually crushed Vitamin C tablets dissolved in water. In another arrest, ordinary raspberry drink mix was found to be the “magic cleaning solution”. Now Ca(OH)2 and Mg(OH)2 are used and dissolve their note into these solutions.”
Well, You might have to share to forewarn relatives and friends