Washington, DC: New International Financial Scams Brochure

De Master Yoda

Unfortunately this seems to follow a suicide by a victim, after he lost over a million dollars to a scammer in Ghana! Very sad indeed!

Link to the story here!
Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 1, 2007

New International Financial Scams Brochure

The Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) has issued an International Financial Scams Brochure to help Americans identify and avoid financial scams originating from overseas. It is available at: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/international_financial_scams_brochure.pdf.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs' Office of Overseas Citizen Services receives daily inquiries from American victims and potential victims of international financial scams. In some cases, Americans have been defrauded of thousands of dollars. Internet dating, inheritance, work permits, overpayment and money laundering are a few of the scams most recently reported to U.S. Embassies around the world. The International Financial Scams Brochure provides full detailed descriptions of the often sophisticated scams reported to U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, and includes samples of email messages and offers that have been sent to potential victims. As illustrated by the brochure, the perpetrators often prey on potential victims' goodwill by fabricating increasingly complicated but believable scenarios.

Americans concerned that they may be the victims of an international scam may call the U.S. Department of State at (888) 407-4747 or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Victims of international financial scams may also report their concerns directly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at http://www.ic3.gov/.

Released on March 1, 2007