Outside Niamey, the threat of violent crime increases significantly. Security forces have forcibly dispersed protesters in recent years.
If you are forced to hand over your passport, contact the Embassy for advice.
They may also provide fake cashier cheques for 'urgent' shipments of large quantities of goods, request sizeable fees for a fake government contract and extort money from individuals they have convinced to travel to Africa for a business opportunity. Entry and exit Visas You'll need a visa to enter Niger.
Dangerous local driving habits as well as mixed traffic, including bicycles, pedestrians, animals and tractors, make driving hazardous. They often claim to be from Australia or another western country, but travelling or working overseas. Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency, like Bitcoin.
Cultural festivals held in north and west Africa are attractive places for terrorists and criminals to identify and target tourists for kidnapping. If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
Australia does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Niger. Further attacks in Diffa region and elsewhere along Niger's border with Nigeria are likely. Take official warnings seriously. Consider carefully the advice on www. Mobile phone and internet access may be restricted during periods of civil unrest.
Since earlythe Nigeria-based militant group Boko Haram has undertaken a series of attacks in this region, close to the border with Nigeria.
The money you send to scammers is almost always impossible to recover and, in addition, you may feel long-lasting emotional betrayal at the hands of someone you thought loved you. You are at most risk of kidnapping outside of Niamey.
Ms Rickard said scam groups were operating on many sites, including Facebook, dating sites and sites targeting different religious and ethnic groups, to groom potential victims and gain their trust.
They will tell you they need your money to cover administrative fees or taxes. They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions.
But there are no estimates as to how many people are targeted but never come forward to report the crime. Their messages are often poorly written, vague and escalate quickly from introduction to love. Alternatively they may ask you to buy the goods yourself and send them somewhere. Scammers use the latest technology to set up fake retailer websites that look like genuine online retail stores.
Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time, and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging.
Have you been scammed? The better online shopping and auction sites have detailed complaint or dispute handling processes in case something goes wrong.
In some cases the relationship is terminated with very little chance that any funds can be recovered. Public transport Don't use public transport due to the poor condition of roads and frequent of violent crime.
This helps us to warn people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible. Leave other valuables in a secure location. Scammers may attempt to lure their victims overseas, putting you in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences.
You might even be asked to accept money into your bank account and then transfer it to someone else. Do not agree to transfer money for someone else: It is rare to recover money sent this way.• Romance scams — Victims will be targeted on online dating sites or on social media by sophisticated scammers who pretend to be in a relationship with them before asking for money through a.
Dating and romance scams caused the second greatest losses at $42 million. “It’s very worrying that Australians are losing such extraordinary amounts to scammers. Based on just the reports provided to the ACCC, victims are losing an average of $ Inalmost 15, complaints categorized as romance scams or confidence fraud were reported to IC3 (nearly 2, more than the previous year), and the losses associated with those complaints.
Online shopping scams involve scammers pretending to be legitimate online sellers, either with a fake website or a fake ad on a genuine retailer site.
The ACCC is warning people to be careful about who they ‘friend’ online this Valentine’s Day with stats showing people are most likely to be preyed upon by dating and romance scammers on social media sites. Australians reported losses of $ million to Scamwatch from dating and romance scams in with more than reports.
The number of people falling victim to so-called romance scams has reached a record high in Britain with almost 40 per cent of those affected being men, new figures have revealed.Download