Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania March 6, 2018

Location: Nouakchott, Mauritania

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott advises U.S. citizens of a new scam used by criminal gangs to lure and trap unsuspecting persons.  Gangs are now using small children to approach would-be victims pretending to be lost.  When the person stops to speak with the child, the child shows them a piece of paper with an address on it, claiming it is their home address.  The child asks for a ride home, and when the individual brings them to the address, they are ambushed by the gang who robs and/or assaults them.  Murders and sexual assaults have also been reported.

Actions to Take:

  • Exercise caution when dealing with children on the street
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night
  • Keep a low profile
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt
  • Review your personal security plans


  • U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

+222 4525-2660

+222 3662-8163 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444