Each week, many U.S. embassies and consulates deal with "scams." The scam artists seek businesspeople and common people alike. Many of those scammed experience significant loss, ranging from thousands to millions of dollars. Most often, when persons go overseas to "finalize deals," they find themselves not only losing money, but they also risk bodily harm from their business associates.

  1. Any deal that seems too good to be true;
  2. Any offer of a substantial percentage of a large sum of money to be transferred to your account, in return for your "discretion" or "confidentiality;"
  3. Requests for urgent air shipment, accompanied by an instrument of payment whose genuineness cannot immediately be established;
  4. Solicitation letters claiming the soliciting party has personal ties to high-ranking officials;
  5. Request for payment in U.S. dollars, in advance, of transfer taxes or incorporation fees;
  6. Statements that your name was provided to the soliciting party either by someone you do not know or by "a reliable contact;"
  7. Resistance from your business associates to your checking in with the U.S. Embassy;
  8. Any offer of a charitable donation.