How could a fake embassy go undetected for so long? How did the criminals get hold of real visas? How is it the Accra police force only arrested three people? Who were all these people with $6,000 to spend on visas, and why did they think the U.S. Embassy was located in a decrepit, pink boarding house? For a few weeks, the incredible story of the fake U.S. embassy in Ghana became an international sensation. There was only one problem. As journalist Yepoka Yeebo discovered, none of it was true.
The former head of Ghana’s visa fraud unit tells the story about the time someone tried to rent his passport. He didn’t realize he was witnessing the beginnings of a rise in identity fraud.
For a few weeks, the incredible story of the fake US embassy in Ghana became an international sensation. There was only one problem: None of it was true.
Last year, the U.S. state department said it had uncovered a fake embassy in Accra that had been issuing a stream of forged visas. The story went viral—but all was not as it seemed.
For over a decade, there existed a fake U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana. When the news broke, there were more questions than answers and some officials are convinced it didn't happen.
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