Nigerians have been alerted to the presence of a fake website for international passport application.
The warning came from the Nigerian Embassy and Consulates-General in the United States.
This was disclosed in a notice jointly issued by the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, DC; the Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York; as well as the Consulate-General of Nigeria in Atlanta on Thursday.
Specifically, the missions warned Nigerians against using unauthorized websites; as well as the need for them to seek proper guidance on passport applications. They also warned that the fake website was defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians by directing them to make payments; noting that these payments are unauthorized by the missions.
“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 notice read.
“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. Applicants outside Nigeria are to apply through the official websites of the respective Embassies/Consulates; where they intend to process their passports,’’ the document read in part.
Meanwhile, sources reveal that the warning by the foreign missions came after a few Nigerians who had been swindled reached out to the consulates over the website.
Also, the Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York had on Wednesday drawn the attention of Nigerians to the website; urging them to seek information only on the consulate’s website: www.nigeriahouse.com.