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.

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.

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.

Typically, once a connection is made, the correspondent asks the U. citizen to send money or credit card information for living expenses, travel expenses, or "visa costs". citizen is informed of a serious or fatal accident to the correspondent and the “family” asks for money to cover hospital or funeral costs. citizen cannot be sure of the real name, age, marital status, nationality, or even gender of the correspondent. These scammers have created male as well as female characters and entice same sex correspondents as well as those of the opposite sex.Sometimes, the correspondent notifies the American citizen that a close family member, usually the mother, is in desperate need of surgery and begins to request monetary assistance. Several citizens have reported losing thousands of dollars through such scams. In every case reported to the embassy, the correspondent turned out to be a fictitious persona created only to lure the U. A disturbing recent twist are scammers who have connected to U. citizens through chat rooms for HIV positive individuals, posed as HIV positive individuals themselves, and asked for money for treatment or travel to the United States.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.