In other cases, foreigners may be lured to Africa to meet their friend or prospective marriage partner and can become victims of crime including kidnapping, assault and robbery.
On 18 October 2017, US Government informed its citizens to be vigilant when visiting establishments and staying at hotels frequented by Westerners due to a credible threat of potential terrorist activity in Dakar.
Avoid large gatherings and political rallies as they may turn violent.
Likely places for demonstrations, including government buildings and other public areas, should be avoided.
Review your personal security plans, be aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local media for updates.
Be alert and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.
Bogus internet friendship, dating and marriage schemes are operating from some African countries.
These scams typically result from connections made through internet dating schemes or chat rooms.
Armed bandits are known to operate in the area and travellers have been attacked.
The possibility of armed clashes between separatist groups and the Senegalese Army persists.
Landmines have been used in the region and the ongoing conflict has resulted in displaced people and the loss of lives.
Don't to travel to Africa to seek restitution, as there is a risk of physical assault from the perpetrators.
Our international scams page provides more detail on these types of scams.