If you are traveling overseas this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind before you start packing. Your BBB® would like to warn everyone planning an international trip that scammers would very much like to get their hands on your personal information.
If you need to look up what types of documents you need for your trip, you may stumble upon a copycat website whose purpose is to steal your identity. Document scams are more common than one might think!
For example, scammers can copy an embassy’s entire website, including forms and visa applications, so you really have to be careful! The best way to avoid this situation is to get all the information you need from the U.S. Department of State. By typing in a country’s name, you will receive:
- Official links to consulates and embassies
- A list of all the travel documents you need
- Important local information that could help you better understand the culture of the country you are about to visit
Remember to be extremely thorough in your research and to make sure that the website’s URL starts with “https” – “s” stands for secure and is a sign that you are navigating a safe web page. If you believe you have found an imposter site, please report it to the FTC and also bbb.org/Scamtracker!