places to go, people to meet
Whilst we do our best to exclude spammers and scammers - and by far and away the vast majority of members on the Gay Travellers Network are who they say they are - you should always take reasonable care when building an online friendship, and think very carefully before agreeing to send money or to provide other practical assistance to someone you have never met in person. Use your common sense and exercise due caution when dealing with people you do not know well.
While it's important not to give in to stereotypes, some countries have a reputation for having more than their fair share of scammers.
GayGhana.org has some useful information, as does the frequently-updated fakers2go site. For the background to the scamming "industry" in Ghana read Ethan Zuckerman's post on his blog, My heart's in Accra.
There's lots of useful advice in this article on about.com