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Unfortunately, everything about this indicates it is a scam.
There is no way to verify her existence other than through the embassy and they generally won't assist in anything like this. There are various internet sites that are associated with scammers and which appear to verify identities but they are entirely fake. That name, Nancy Duke, has been used repeatedly in scams. You can read one example of that at http://www.romancescam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8910&start=15
Unfortunately, many people get upset when we tell them that they are being scammed but everything about this factual scenario is one that is used by the scammers daily.
If you want to contact the US Embassy in Sengal their contact information is at http://dakar.usembassy.gov/
This website also has a description of a scam that is probably a lot like yours: http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Have-Scam-Again/191725
Also, the Senegal refugee scam has been going on for more than ten years. If yo go to this Google search:
You will see people complaining over and over about being taken in by this scam.
IC3.gov is the governmental organization created to handle internet scams so you might contact them. I'm not sure what they actually do and do not handle but that's the place to start.
It's hard to pursue criminal charges because almost all of these guys are located out of the country.
I'm glad you caught it before you spent any money. I've had people contact me after they've sent thousands of dollars.
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Of course, please feel free to ask any follow up questions in this thread.