Reporting U.S. Passport or Visa Fraud

The Department of State takes U.S. passport and visa fraud very seriously. We also want to ensure applicants do not fall victim to scams perpetrated by individuals falsely claiming to offer passport or visa services, or otherwise represent the U.S. government. If you are aware of fraud associated with a U.S. passport or visa application, or were yourself a victim of U.S. passport or visa fraud, there are a number of ways you can report that information, outlined below. When reporting fraud, be sure to include as much information as you have about the application in question (if there is one); that will help us ensure that the report is thoroughly assessed.

U.S. Passport and Visa Fraud

If you are aware of, or have been a victim of, fraud associated with a U.S. passport or U.S. visa application, please contact

U.S. Visa Fraud Overseas

Information regarding fraud committed overseas in connection with a U.S. visa application should be sent to the U.S. embassy or consulate that adjudicated or will adjudicate that visa application. You can find contact information for all U.S. embassies and consulates.

U.S. Visa Fraud: Buy American, Hire American Executive Order

To report fraud connected to petition-based employment visas, as outlined in the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, you can submit tips directly to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Buy American, Hire American Workers First.

Avoiding Diversity Visa Scams

Information on Diversity Visa scams can be found on

Avoiding Immigration Scams

Other immigration scams can be reported directly to USCIS.

Avoiding Internet Fraud and Cyber Scams

To report internet or email-related scams, including investment schemes, letter fraud, internet romance fraud, and business fraud, go to the Scams and Safety page of the FBI website. For information on avoiding international financial scams.