Beware of online United States visa scams

South Africans heading to the United States and wanting to apply for a visa exemption must watch out for “shady operators” online.

By - March 27, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
United states

South Africans heading to the United States and wanting to apply for a visa exemption must watch out for “shady operators” online, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

The report stated that several websites and email scams are currently trying to trick travellers into believing they are US government affiliates which can help them apply for the exemption.

The online exemption application is known as the Esta (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), and is used by people wanting to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Programme.

It involves an $18 (R275) fee, stated the report.

Several sites claim to be third-party companies linked to the official Esta site, and charge users a fee to assist with registering and submitting their applications.

“Such businesses are not endorsed by the US government but are designed to appear as if they are. Although deceptive, they are not illegal and if you find yourself making an application through such a site, you will be liable for their fees,” stated the report.

More about the Internet

Massive security flaw in CCTV systems

How to choose hacker-proof passwords

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you regularly use food delivery services?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Cabinet warns SABC about re-hiring Hlaudi Motsoeneng in senior position

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Cabinet said the reappointment of the SABC’s former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng to another senior position shows disrespect for the rule of law.

Universities must not make money: student association

Graduation high school university

Universities should not be money-making organisations, the fees commission has heard.

WSB Live E-sport streaming a first for Africa

e-sports

Leading South African sports betting site, World Sports Betting have this week announced the launch of their Live  E-sport streaming service for events from around the world.

SABC facing financial pain in future from 90% local content: lobbyist

SABC please stand by

Broadcasting between 80-90% local content could cost the SABC further financial losses in future, a director at Media Monitoring Africa has said.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×