How to spot a fake visa website

How to spot a fake visa website

Several countries including the USA, Canada and India now offer e-visas or visa waivers, which you can obtain via an online application. That’s a win for travellers, but it’s also opened the door to scam visa websites. While they look every bit the real deal, these websites add a hefty fee to the cost of obtaining a visa, usually around $100.

There’s one easy way to tell the fakes. If the URL, that’s the website address, in the box at the top of the website, has a “.com” in it, that’s a commercial website, not the government one, and you’ll get hit with extra charges if you proceed. The official government website will usually contain either “.gov” or else “.go” in the URL. Not always. For example the Canadian Government’s Electronic Travel Authorization page doesn’t have either, but if you see a “.com” address, steer clear.

 

 




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