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Victims have been defrauded and those who travel to the originating country have had their lives endangered. If you're a victim of a financial scam, we advise you to obtain legal advice and don't travel to Africa to seek restitution.
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Some airlines require passengers to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate before being allowed to board flights out of Benin.Road travel: Driving in Benin can be dangerous due to poor road conditions and overloaded vehicles.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you are five times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Benin than in Australia.Ensure your vehicle windows are closed and doors locked when driving.Fraud Commercial and internet fraud is prevalent and often originates in West African countries, including Benin.Avoid using credit cards in Benin because of the high rate of fraud.