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Fraud Prevention Unit

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The principal mission of the Fraud Prevention Unit is to safeguard U.S. borders by detecting and stopping fraud in applications for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas.  We work closely with our colleagues in U.S. local, state, and federal law enforcement, as well as authorities in Ecuador and other countries, to investigate alien smuggling, human trafficking, immigration violations, criminal activity, and terrorism. Recent investigations have led to arrests and criminal prosecutions both in the United States and in Ecuador.

If you have information concerning fraud, you can contact us securely and anonymously using the following means of communication:

Quito region: FPUQuito@state.gov
Fax: (593-2) 398-5268

Guayaquil region: FPMGuayaquil@state.gov

U.S. Consulate, Fraud Prevention Unit

Phone number: (593-4) 371-7000
Calle Santa Ana y Av. José Rodríguez Bonín, Guayaquil, Ecuador

The Fraud Prevention Unit reminds you that when applying for any immigration or citizenship benefit, you must provide complete, accurate, and truthful information both on your application and during any interview. If you withhold information requested on your application or during an interview, or present information that is not true, the officer will almost certainly refuse the product or service as United States law requires. You may also be banned from entering the United States permanently, fined, and/or prosecuted. You should always be completely honest on any application and during your interview since misrepresentation will always work against you. Beware of persons who say they can obtain a visa for you, whether they are charging you money for the advice or offering the advice as a friend. No one can guarantee the issuance of a visa to you.  Visa eligibility can only be determined at the time of the visa interview.  All U.S. government forms are free.

Applications for visas and citizenship documents include warnings about the consequences of providing false or misleading information. Even if someone else helps you complete your application, you are responsible for the accuracy of the information you provide. Ignorance of the contents of your own application is not a valid defense against a determination of misrepresentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I report someone who entered the United States with a tourist visa and is living and/or working there?

If you wish to report information related to the misuse of a U.S. visa, please write to the Fraud Prevention Unit at either FPUQuito@state.gov or FPMGuayaquil@state.gov.  Your identity will be kept confidential.

Can you verify information about a company in the United States?

The Fraud Prevention Unit is not authorized to verify information related to companies in the United States.

I wrote an email to the Fraud Prevention Unit with a tip about someone who was having an arranged marriage solely for visa purposes. Can you tell me what you did on the case and what happened?

Fraud investigations and their results are confidential; therefore we cannot share the results.

Can you tell me the immigration status or what type of visa a person has?

Consulate records are confidential, and we cannot share them with anyone other than the individual concerned.