A Canadian woman, Majorie Newell, has told a sad story of how she fell victim to romance fraud which is sometimes referred to as 'sakawa' in Ghana.
According to Majorie Newell who hails from Nova Scotia in Canada, she sold her house back home and relocated to Ghana only to realise it was a scam.
Narrating her ordeal, Newell revealed that she was pressured by friends to join a dating app called Tinder some time in 2017.
After some time, she met one Ghanaian guy identified as Selassie Asamoahand they hit it off and later got married after she visited Ghana.
“He looked nice and sincere, seemed pretty interested in her life goals and was supportive and prayerful, what else should stop her. So strong was the chemistry that it took me 35 days to tie the knot with the love of my life after the first visit to Ghana," she said.
Following their marriage, Majorie had been promised a bright future and thus decided to relocate to Ghana.
To do this, she had to put her house for sale which was eventually sold for 295,000 Canadian dollars (GHC1,245,000).
“After marriage, the goal was for me to relocate. After our wedding in Ghana, I went back to Canada and sold my home for CAD295,000. I could have earned more but I let it go at that price because I couldn’t wait to relocate."
Months after her relocation, Majorie realised Selassie was a romance scammer who was defrauding many other unsuspecting women.
After finding out she had been duped by her supposed husband, she reported the case and later filed for divorce.
But Majorie who is now 60 years old was later coerced by her husband’s family and pastor with several assurances that Selassie had turned over a new leaf and wanted her to return to their matrimonial home.
As a Christian, she obliged with the mind that she would help the man maintain his faith in God but it turned out it was all a lie and that Selassie wanted the opportunity to abuse her.