The Nigerian Diplomatic missions in the United States have warned Nigerians about a fake website being used by scammers for passport registration.
This was disclosed in a joint statement by the Embassy and Consulates General of New York and Atlanta, in the United States as reported by NAN.
They added the fake website is being used to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians, directing them to make payments that are not authorized by the FG.
What they are saying
The statement read:
“The attention of the Nigerian Embassy and Consulates in the United States have been drawn to the operations of a website, www.nigerianpassports.com, purporting to be a platform for processing Nigerian International Passport,”
“The website directs passport applicants to make payments through Zelle using Tel no. 770-510-9332.
“The Nigerian Embassy in Washington and the Consulates in New York and Atlanta wish to state that this website is fake and set up to defraud applicants for Nigerian passport.
“While the Embassy and Consulates liaise with local authorities and the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters in Abuja to investigate this fraudulent website, the general public is reminded that the global website for applications for Nigerian passport remains portal.immigration.gov.ng.
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“Applicants outside Nigeria are to apply through the official websites of the respective Embassies/Consulates where they intend to process their passports.’’
They urged applicants not in Nigeria, to apply for new passports through the websites of the embassies they intend to process their passports and channel all enquiries to the consulate through the following email address: email@example.com.
What you should know
Nairametrics reported in June 2021, that the FG announced the reopening of the passport application and payment portal where all applicants are expected to visit to apply and upload their support documents for vetting and processing.