An increasing number of Americans have been victims of scams originating in Malaysia. Con artists contact Americans through the internet, including dating web sites. These con artists usually pose as American citizens who have unexpectedly experienced a medical, legal, financial or other type of emergency in Malaysia that requires immediate financial assistance. Co-conspirators may pose as Malaysian lawyers or medical professionals to verify the story and the supposed urgent need for cash. For additional information on these types of scams, click here.
We strongly urge American citizens to be very cautious about sending money to people who claim to be Americans in trouble in Malaysia. There is very little to be done after the fact to recover your money. If you have been contacted in a way that fits the above pattern, or you believe someone is trying to scam you in another way, send as many details as you can to us at KLACS@state.gov BEFORE you send any money. We will try to determine whether the information you have received is legitimate.