Messages for U.S. Citizens
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
Residents of Northern Ireland who enrol in the STEP program, will be sent periodic notices regarding consular services, as well as useful information about voting, taxes, travel, etc., and also our quarterly newsletter below.
Internet Financial Scams
We receive inquiries every day from people who have been defrauded for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars by internet contacts they thought were their friends or loved ones. Internet scams are attempts by con artists to convince you to send them money. These fraudulent schemes can include lotteries, on-line dating services, inheritance notices, work permits/job offers, bank overpayments, or even make it appear that you are helping a friend in trouble. Click here for further information.
Internet Fraud And The Armed Forces
The Defense Attaché Office (DAO) regularly receives inquiries from people who have established an online relationship with someone who is purportedly a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and they have been asked to send this service member money.
In many cases, the money has already been sent and the inquirer is seeking to verify if this is standard practice in the U.S. Armed Forces. Unfortunately, in every situation presented to the DAO thus far, it has turned out to be an internet fraud. Click here for further information.
- If you are a U.S. Citizen currently traveling abroad, you may wish to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. You can do so through the Department of State's STEP system.