Frequently Asked Questions

The U.S. Embassy offers a range of services to help U.S. companies and investors interested in doing business in Cote d’Ivoire.  Services are provided on a case-by-case basis and as is possible given current Embassy staffing and resource level. Our most popular services include: briefings on economic and political conditions, support for companies bidding on government and semi-government projects, and screening local partners.

The U.S. embassy in Abidjan warns all Americans engaging in financial transactions in Côte d’Ivoire to exercise extreme caution before handing over any money.  Con artists can be very creative and very determined. Be skeptical. Do not send anyone money unless you are certain that it is a legitimate request – even if you think you know the person well based on your Internet correspondence.

In Côte d’Ivoire reports of losses by American citizens have been low, but American citizens in the West African region have been the targets of numerous scams.  If you are the victim of a scam, you are very unlikely to recover any of your losses, and local authorities have limited means with which to investigate and prosecute offenders.

You may also contact the Embassy as your report will help us in our interactions with the Ivoirian government to protect other Americans from these scams.  However, please keep in mind that the Embassy cannot arrest or initiate lawsuits against perpetrators in Côte d’Ivoire, nor can the Embassy recover your lost money.

For more information, please see the Department of State’s brochure.

Effective November 13, 2017 the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) removed the Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Regulations.