Does a US citizen who has lived in Ghana for 5 years have to have 3 to 6 thousand dollars in hand to fly out of the country to return to the US?

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    No. This is a scam.
    – mdd
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 2:55
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    @mdd how do you know it's a scam? OP hasn't even mentioned "a girl on facebook..." yet
    – user13267
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 5:07
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    @user13267 the key word in your comment is.... 'yet'
    – Jeffrey
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 6:33
  • A scam is a scam is a scam. No need for more information. Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 11:12
  • It's sad that the OP has not even been talking to "a person" - the basics of romance scams are now done with Bots, and then, just a team of minimum wage workers take over. It's quite sad that the scammed are not even talking to one specific actual human! Bizarre right!
    – Fattie
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 14:44

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Romance scams are common enough in Ghana, and commonly enough directed towards US citizens, that the US embassy there has a web page warning about them.

If you type romance scam into your favorite search engine, you will find several news stories and other anecdotes describing such scams. If you add Ghana as a search term, you will find stories that resemble yours even more closely. Similar to advance fee scams, the basic method is to lead you to believe that you will get something that you want by parting with a reasonable amount of your cash. In that case, the purported benefit is even more cash, while in this case it is love.


No. A quick check on Skyscanner reveals that you can fly for about 500 US$ from Ghana to the USA.

For a US citizen, no other expenses are needed. Maybe some money for a bus or taxi depending on where in Ghana he/she is. Everything above $1000 is not travel expenses anymore.

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    There’s a slight chance the citizen may need to renew their passport, so that may add a few dozen USD, but definitely not hundreds and even less thousands of USD.
    – jcaron
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 15:24

A real US citizen can simply walk into the US embassy, say "I am stuck in Ghana and lack the money to get home", and the embassy will take whatever action is needed to get a passport replaced and front the cost of their plane ride home.

If there were exit fees, the embassy would settle those with the host nation too. Not their first rodeo.

To be clear, the embassies and this service are part of the US State Department, run by the Secretary of State, who there is a famous TV show about.

They will get a bill for the cost of this from the US Government. Like taxes, this bill cannot be evaded very effectively. When the bill comes in, contact the State Dept. itself through info on their website not the bill.

So as for your "friend", any claim that you need to send them money is bullpuckey. $5000 is definitely a scam, and the number is picked because their experience is Americans will find that number believable and will pay it.

The most they could need is a $200 gift card for Southwest Airlines and a $20 Potbelly gift card for a couple meals. The State Department gets you back to US soil, but does not fund domestic travel.

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