Many forex bureaux in Ghana and other African countries engage in several transactions in addition to those mandated by their license. These are only possible because unsuspecting members of the public fall for their offers.
Some of these transactions are unauthorized, and knowing them is the first step of avoiding them. Here are some of the unauthorized businesses according to Notice no. BG/GOV/SEC/2003/2
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Acceptance of deposits from any person or corporate body or any legal entity with the intent obtaining or supplying the foreign exchange equivalent either wholly or in part at a future date
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Acceptance of foreign exchange deposits from any person or corporate entity or any legal entity with the intent of obtaining or supplying the cedi equivalent either wholly or in part at a future date
1. Opening a foreign exchange or cedi account for a customer
2. Engaging in offshore business or maintaining foreign correspondence relationship
3. Establishment of letters of credit
4. Engaging directly or indirectly in any form of foreign currency transfer activity
These businesses are unauthorized and forex bureaux are expected to stay away from them.