U.S. Embassy Launches Antifraud Campaign “Ten Cuidao con ese Maco”

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The U.S. Embassy Consular Section launched its new antifraud campaign with the slogan “Watch out for that Maco” (Ten Cuidao con ese Maco in spanish) with the objective of educating the public on the correct and legitimate process of obtaining a non-immigrant and immigrant visa. The antifraud campaign was presented by the Consul General, Sylvia Johnson and the FPU Manager, Denisse Knapp with the participation of comedian Fausto Mata at the metro station la Feria.

The antifraud campaign has two goals one is to ensure the public understands the dangers of falling prey to these macos and pay large sums of money and enlist the public’s help in combatting these macos through the use of our anonymous email and telephone tip lines. The information campaign also seeks to create awareness among the Dominican population of the grave consequences of committing visa fraud, which can result in being considered ineligible to enter the United States permanently.

Popular comedian Fausto Mata also known as “Boca de Piano” accepted to join the campaign and warn Dominicans against the pitfalls of trusting strangers, acquiring false documents and committing fraud, all with a dose of humor.

The Consular Section antifraud campaign “Ten Cuidao con ese Maco” was first launched in 2007. Since then, the information campaign has been promoted nationwide through different media platforms such as television spots, radio, print media, contests. In previous years other public figures have served as spokespersons for the campaign, such as major league baseball player David Ortiz, comedians Raymond Pozo and Miguel Cespedes.