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If you are a victim of a financial scam, obtain legal advice.
Do not travel to Africa to seek restitution as there is a risk of physical assault from the perpetrators.
Criminals have been known to seek details of 'safe' bank accounts overseas in which to transfer large sums of money (as a donation or for a percentage of the amount involved).
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.
Commercial and internet fraud is prevalent and often originates in West African countries.
Victims have been defrauded and those who travel to the originating country have had their lives endangered.
Our information on International Financial Scams provides more detail on these types of scams.
Fake internet friendship, dating and marriage schemes are operating from some African countries.
Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia.
As the quarantine requirements for yellow fever vaccination differ between countries, check the yellow fever entry requirements for all countries you intend to enter or transit by contacting their foreign missions in Australia.
Some airlines may require passengers to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate before being allowed to board flights out of the country.
Conspicuous travellers, particularly women on their own, are the target of opportunistic crimes such as muggings, bag snatching, petty theft and pickpocketing.
These crimes have increased recently in Accra and the surrounding areas, consistent with the tough economic conditions.
In some cases the relationship is terminated with very little chance that any funds can be recovered.