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Fraud Prevention

Fraud Prevention Unit Mission

The mission of the Fraud Prevention Unit is to safeguard U.S. borders by detecting and preventing fraud. We investigate all cases of potential fraud when applying for nonimmigrant visas, immigrant visas, U.S. passports, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. As a result, the Consular Section maintains close cooperation with regional and U.S. law enforcement agencies.

The consequences of fraud are serious.  If you commit fraud not only will you lose the benefit you are seeking, but may also be subject to a permanent ineligibility for a visa, large fines, or even jail. 

Contact Information

If you have a tip or information concerning fraud that you wish to share with the U.S. Embassy, you may contact the Fraud Prevention Unit (FPU) by email or fax (246) 431-0179.

If you wish to keep your identity confidential, please be sure to mention this when you contact us.


  • Internet sites designed to look like official U.S. Embassy or Department of State websites

    Some websites that offer visa services or "guides" have been designed to look like official U.S. Government websites. While these websites may not be scams, they may require clients to pay a service or download fee over and above normal visa application charges.

    Websites like these are not affiliated with the U.S. Embassy and do not have any influence on the application or visa decision process. The Embassy is also unable to update you on an application that has been submitted by one these providers.

    The visa application can be accessed free of charge at our official website.