• May 11, 2023

US Embassy Consul Corner Ask the US Consul Corner

US Embassy Consul Corner Ask the US Consul Corner
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The U.S. Embassy Freetown Consular Section is committed to ensuring that legitimate travelers are able to obtain visas to the United States. However, there are individuals and organizations who seek to take advantage of applicants through visa fraud scams.

Visa fraud scams can take many forms, but they all involve someone offering to help you obtain a visa for a fee, promising special connections or faster processing times, or claiming to be able to guarantee a visa. These individuals often ask for payment upfront, and may ask for personal information such as your passport number or date of birth.

To avoid falling victim to visa fraud scams, we recommend the following:

  1. Use the official U.S. Embassy website as your primary source of information on visas. The website provides detailed information on visa requirements, application procedures, and fees. You can also find information on how to schedule an appointment for an interview at the Embassy.
  1. Be wary of anyone who promises to expedite your visa application or guarantees a visa. The visa process can take time, and there are no shortcuts or guarantees.
  1. Do not pay any fees or provide personal information to anyone who claims to be able to help you obtain a visa. Legitimate visa fees are paid directly to the Embassy or the designated payment center.
  1. Be cautious of unsolicited emails, phone calls, or text messages from individuals offering visa assistance. These may be scams designed to steal your personal information or money.
  1. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a visa service provider or have been the victim of a visa fraud scam, please contact the consular section at ConsularFreetown@state.gov

Remember, the U.S. Embassy is committed to ensuring that legitimate travelers are able to obtain visas to the United States. By being vigilant and informed, you can protect yourself from visa fraud scams and ensure a successful visa application process.

Sincerely,

U.S. Embassy Freetown Consular Section

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