Applying for a visa? Beware of fake sites

A fake website offering Indian visa or e-tourist visa-related services on behalf of the Indian government.
A fake website offering Indian visa or e-tourist visa-related services on behalf of the Indian government.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM E-TOURIST VISA INDIA

Travellers pay marked-up fees on sites disguised as official ones, or never receive visas as promised

Like most millennials, Mr Akash Nishad turned to Google to find a visa application website so that he could apply for a travel visa to India.

Mr Nishad, 36, clicked on one of the first few websites that popped up on the search engine, and keyed in his personal details.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2019, with the headline 'Applying for a visa? Beware of fake sites'. Print Edition | Subscribe