The government on Monday warned that people looking for passport related services should not fall prey to fake websites or mobile applications targeting people online.
A government alert said that it has come to the notice of the authorities that several fake websites and mobile applications are collecting data from the applicants and also charging exorbitant fees.
Government warns against fake websites offering passport services
“It has come to the notice of the Ministry that several fake websites and mobile applications are collecting data from applicants and also charging extra heavy fees for filling online application forms and scheduling appointments for passport and related services. Some of these fake websites are registered as *.org, *.in, *.com like www.indiapassport.org, www.online-passportindia.com, www.passportindiaportal.in, www.passport-india. in, www.passport-seva.in, www.applypassport.org and many other similar looking websites,” said the alert on fake websites related to passport services.
“Therefore all citizens applying for Indian passport and related services are advised not to visit the above mentioned fraudulent websites or make payments related to passport services. Official website of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India for passport services www.passportindia.gov.in.
Alternatively, applicants can also use the official mobile app mPassport Seva, which can be downloaded from Android and iOS application stores.
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