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Victims of phishing could become victims of identity theft; there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. Great post, as you know I had to go through this 10 days ago. Once, I got stopped at the border, taken to a small room, interrogated and threatened with jail and deportation for 5 hours.
This is because the officer decided to pick on me. From that day on, i decided never to return to this country and it took me 9 years to come back, just because a friend of mine got cancer and I wanted to see her…. Plus I no longer have a passport full of Saudi visas which often rose suspicion. I came across a similar website when I went online to apply for a Turkish visa recently.
Turkish visas are very easy to apply for online, and no specific help is required, so I was deeply suspicious and went back to Google to find the government website. Visa applied for and downloaded in 10minutes…. It sounds as though your previous experience of applying for the visa really saved you here and avoided an expensive or painful mistake. I think we should always be wary of what we do online. So informative and thanks for warning us. However please warn any of your friends from any country if they are about to travel to the US.
Sorry to hear about all the hardships law abiding travelers go through nowadays. These scams make it worse. There is still a lot of travel fear here with our government after we were attacked. Yes, the rules in place sometimes seem unfair, but that is the world we live in now.
Hopefully, things will ease up one day and make it easier to travel. Sadly I fear that those evil terrorists have changed our way of travel for ever. To be honest the ESTA feels like a layer of bureaucratic red tape which will not stop anyone determined enough. We have a similar issue here in the UK hence illegal immigrants.
In places such as China you have to show your passport to check-in to a hotel. This is registered by the hotel with the local authorities so they have a closer track of your movements, as long as you have a genuine document of course. Hi Ewan, thanks for reading and commenting. Wow that is scary if Thomson are involved with a questionable company.
I recently renewed an ESTA on the official website which I linked to in the article and the information required now is more than before. They were asking for information about my parents I assume to verify my identity which they never used to ask for. I dare say the more onerous the US make this process the more chance people will fall for the trap of paying hefty fees for these third party companies to do it for them. I am travelling to the USA from Australia tomorrow. I have been once before in I googled esta this year to fill my form out and usavisaonline.
Seemed just like the form I did 2 years ago. I have emailed them for some clarity and they have tried to justify their costs.
Anyway lesson learnt — such an easy mistake. I hope people are more aware than I was! I wonder if you accidentally hit one of their paid ads on the search engine? I know that they often appear as the first few ads now when you do a search. For things like this I always now look for the. I can promise you that the url I put in this article is the genuine, no con real link.
It is to the official government site. Personally I am a little sad to hear that they no longer use recycled materials for the toiletries kit. I think that was an opportunity for them to demonstrate some environmental care. After all us flyers are not exactly helping with carbon emissions. I think you meal and flight experiences highlight such a variety in standards. I feel it is a shame when we take a flight irrespective of airline and the service and food is not at a consistently high standard.
I can understand your appreciation of Air France especially First Class. Can you believe it that around 15 years ago I nearly blacklisted them from my flight options! My wife has just been scammed by the exact say site as shown above. I have contacted my bank but now I am worried that if they do a charge back and the scammers cancel her esta she will have problems obtaining another esta.
What would you suggest??? You can even check the status of your ESTA on the very site itself https: You could try complaining to the site and refer to the US Government official site and demand a refund for the difference. Or maybe threaten to take their site to the press. Yea my mother got tricked by usavisaonline which is a total scam: ESTA on the official homeland security actually take a few seconds.
Very sorry to hear about your mother Pierre. Exactly the same as above unfortunately I fell for it. Im ashamed I fell for it. I went to thr Unitied Nations Scam place and filed a report and now they tell me they want to pay me 1. So please make people aware of this scam.
Millions of people will get hurt I for one do not know what to do. I was so stupid. Now I have put my marriage on the line. After sending the courier money he came back and told me the money cannot be sent because I need a certificate from the UN money laudering and drug abuse.
So after getting my money for GBP. Please can you advise me on a possible scam. He is 47, widowed, has a six year ols daughter living in Canada. This man is promising my sister the world he wants to marry her he is coming here in a few weeks etc, etc,. Through this my sister who has some health issues that makes her very vunerable has sold her home in order to make funds. I have written to this man via email asking releveant questions and he refuses to answer.
I have also emailed my sister links on the website with scam stories which I may add are very similar to hers. I am at my wits end please can you offer some advice.
I only became aware this was a SCAM when my bank advised me it was cheaper to go to the beureau de change place, so i did when i handed them in they told me these cheques were faudulant. This person was prevented from becoming a victim because of the actions of his bank and local bureau de change. This is his reply: Saya juga dapat email yang sama tapi saya sudah mengirimkan apa yang diminta bagaimana solusi dari anda?
Tapi sudah terlanjur dikirim maaf karena saya orang miskin jadi berharaplah kalau memang benar menang. Indeed I originally hesitant! But has been already sent sorry because I the poor person so hoped if quite true won.