A Darwin man says he was kidnapped while on holiday in the west African Republic of Senegal and held prisoner for six weeks while his bank accounts were raided.
Steve Sparks says he was finally released about two weeks ago but at times he feared for his life.
He has just returned home after his ordeal and says his mistake was meeting up with a man he had met on social media.
He was subsequently kidnapped and forced to reveal his bank account details and card pin numbers.
He was kept prisoner in a bedroom while his bank accounts were emptied.
After about six weeks he was dropped at an airport in the capital city of Dakar.
"I kind of believe now that this particular man's Facebook was manufactured," he said.
"You have just got to be very, very careful and probably don't give them information about when you are arriving or where you are staying.
"Maybe give them a neutral area and get to know them first, something like that."
Mr Sparks says it seemed like the kidnappers were a professional outfit.
"I have spoken to the [Australian] Federal Police," he said.
"[They are] not confident of justice being done ... saying to me that more than likely the Senegal police knew about this racket and were probably on the take."
The Commonwealth government's travel advisory website (smartraveller.com.au) says a high degree of caution should be exercised in Senegal.
For the Casamance region of southern Senegal, it advises people to reconsider the need to travel.
It says travellers should exercise a "high degree of caution in Senegal because of the threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, criminal activity and civil unrest".
Australia does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Senegal, and the Canadian Embassy provides assistance to Australians.
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