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Discuss Passport Application Scam in Current Affairs on Navy Net; I consider myself to be wise and capable of using Tinternet. However I have just been scammed: Recently I had occassion to renew my passport and decided to do this on line. Putting in UK ...
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    Passport Application Scam

    I consider myself to be wise and capable of using Tinternet.
    However I have just been scammed:

    Recently I had occassion to renew my passport and decided to do this on line.
    Putting in UK passport application into the search engine brought up the information required.
    I selected the site and proceeded to fill in my application and then paid the required ammount of 89:50
    I thought this seems rather high but the site then stated that it sharged a fee for checking the application to see if it was filled in correctly.
    Yes you've guessed it, I wasn't on the government site but a site set up to look like an official site, not too bad I thought it's only an extra 10 or so. Wrong.
    My passport application was received from the passport office ready for me to apply for the passport along with the passport fee.
    So I have been charged 89:50 for what I could have received for FREE if I had gone to the Government site.
    The site in question is:
    https://www.passport.uk.com/apply-now.php
    It seems to be a legal Rip-Off

    SO IF THE SITE DOES NOT STATE .GOV tell em to feck orf
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    There is a similar scam site for applying for the NHS E111 card for medical services in the EU,it charges a tenner for a card that is free. One way round these scam sites is to start at the .gov.uk site and follow from their links. You learn something new every day....


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    I had a similar situation applying for ESTA for USA.....its $14.... but some search engines direct you to money making sites.
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    just use the official .gov site no problems
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    Quote Originally Posted by lesbryan View Post
    just use the official .gov site no problems
    Exactly, however the site looked like the government site i stupidly didn't check the www. address.
    Still once bitten................
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    Maybe we could get this cross posted or moved to bloody computers, but thanks for flagging it up anyway Slim. Although technically not a scam, it is a ripoff, since they actually provided a service and didn't steal/sell your info (as far as you can tell, but keep a beady eye on your credit report for the next year or two). Unfortunately they use all kinds of cheating techniques to get up the search rankings and onto the front page of your favourite search engine.

    Govt own official word on the subject
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/h...ogue-companies

    also see Grauniad article linked from the govt one
    Google Adword: beware copycat websites in paid-for search results | Money | The Guardian

    Official site if you are trawling the intertubes and just looking for the right one to get an application....
    https://www.gov.uk/government/organi...assport-office
    application form
    https://passports.ips.gov.uk/epa1r1a/index.aspx?c=1

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    Trouble is Slim these quasi government sites are so genuine in there look and feel it's so easy to do. The internet is vastly becoming a minefield if you don't keep a weather eye on everything. Thanks for flagging it up though be one, (another one I should say), to watch out for. Bad luck this time mucka!

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    There a several scam sites for obtaining a National Insurance number also.
    Always verify any advice at your nearest AFCO
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    The reason that I flagged it up was to stop anyone else being fleeced.
    It seems that there are many such scams on tinternet so best we all take care
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    I think its very bold of you to admit your experience, Slim. Many of us have been there, paid the price and been too embarrassed to talk about it. Well done, mate.
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