Technology, though an integral part of our lives, can at times also lead to needless complications. With everything a click of the mouse button away, going online for almost anything is the norm of the day.
The visa and immigration process have also undergone a transformation in the digital age. Nevertheless, much can be said about the need for checking the authenticity of the website before you click “get online visa” from your home.
Bridget Delaney, a Guardian Australia columnist, came to know this the hard way.
Googling “India tourist visa” brought her to a visa website wherein she applied for her visa. The next day she came to know that the website was fake India visa website. With the personal details supplied by Bridget Delaney herself, the scammers had made another bank card and practically gone on a shopping spree at her expense.
While the card was blocked eventually, much damage had already been done.
The prevalence of such fake Indian visa websites has led the Indian Government to take notice of the same. As per a statement issued, the Indian Embassy has urged the visa applicants “not to make any online payments for any visa service”. As per the official statement, the modus operandi of the fake India visa websites is to charge a hefty service fees from the unsuspecting visa applicants.
Always be cautious when applying online for any visa. While it might be easier for you, online applications do carry an added amount of risk. Be cautious. Be safe.
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