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An online person claims that they can't leave Ghana unless they fly out first class. They already have $3000 and claim that isn't enough to buy a ticket and leave. Is this legit?

marked as duplicate by Ali Awan, Hanky Panky, Traveller, choster, ThE iLlEgAl aLiEn Jan 30 at 16:31

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    I've flown from Accra, Ghana to Istanbul, Turkey for less than $500US and it was coach. You're being told a very tall tale. – Mikey Jan 30 at 15:40
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    We have 3000 posts on this topic and all of them say it’s fraud – Hanky Panky Jan 30 at 15:51
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    I just tried to find a first class flight from Accra to Lagos, Abuja, Cape Town, Nairobi, Paris, London and Istanbul. I could find none, so perhaps $3000 isn't enough to charter the Lear Jet the supplicant might be accustomed to. – Weather Vane Jan 30 at 15:55
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    Classic scam. Do NOT send any money, any personal information and break contact. If it seems to be a person you know in real life, have them call you and talk with them in person, so you can ask a few questions no stranger should know the answer on. – Willeke Jan 30 at 15:55
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    Did you ask them why they must fly first class instead of economy? – Carl from Busbud Jan 30 at 16:27
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If it is an online person, it is almost certainly a scam.

If this was a real person, the best solution for them would be to contact the embassy, consulate or interests section for their country1. The embassy will help with the repatriation of their citizens, usually in the form of a loan for a ticket home. The embassy is in a position to verify identity documents.

If it is not a real person you know in real life, do not reply to the request, and be aware that your communications so far mark you as a gullible person. Expect more scam attempts in the future.

1 There is not always an embassy, but there will be arrangements. An interest section is a department in a third-party country which agreed to handle diplomatic affairs.
EU citizen can go to another EU embassy. Commonwealth citizens may find help in British embassies.

  • "If it is a person you know in real life": since the question asks about an "online person," it seems safe to rule out that possibility. – phoog Jan 30 at 16:13
  • No country would impose that you travel first class to leave. It is illegitimate in itself. – gstorto Jan 30 at 21:39

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