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International Scams

The Consular Section receives regular inquiries about various international scams.  Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy cannot investigate international financial scams, although the Consular Section can provide resources to victims. 

Indicators of Fraud

The Consular Section would like to alert you to the indicators of some common scams and actions you should take, before you become a victim.  Please review these brochures provided by the U.S. Department of State:

Resources for Victims

If you feel you have been a victim of an Internet scam, please consult the publications below for help.

Reporting the Scam 

Victims are encouraged to report fraud to the following U.S. authorities: 


Victims are also encouraged to report fraud to the local authorities overseas:

  • If the scam took place in Mali, please notify the local Malian authorities.
  • If you believe the perpetrator is in Mali, contact The Embassy of Mali in Washington, D.C. or the State Department's Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747.

For more detailed information on international financial scams, please visit the U.S Department of State’s website