United States citizens should be alert to attempts at fraud by persons claiming to live outside of the U.S., professing friendship, romantic interest, and /or marriage intentions over the Internet.
Correspondents who quickly move to professions of romantic interest or discussion of intimate matters are likely inventions of scammers. citizens are cautioned against sending any money to persons they have not actually met.
A request for funds almost always marks a fraudulent correspondent. Romance scams involve one or more – sometimes all – of the key signs below: , and they are requesting your assistance, please review the information below.
If you believe you are the victim of a scam, do not send money.
Unfortunately, any money that you might already have sent will probably not be recoverable and the U. Consulate will not be able to assist in recovering any funds.
End all communication with the scammer immediately, rather than attempt resolution directly.
If you feel threatened, contact your local police at once.Do NOT attempt to personally recover the funds lost.Contact the appropriate authorities to resolve the matter.Report the matter immediately to The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership among the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BIA), at citizen requiring assistance can contact us directly.If the scam originated through a particular website, notify the administrators. Due to the high volume of these inquiries that are scams, if you would like to contact us regarding someone you have never met, use the “Contact Us” page. Please be aware that due to the Privacy Act we cannot provide information about a U.