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Several thousand danes travel each year to the UNITED states, and there is nothing to suggest that the figure for 2019 will be lower.
And most danes know that they need to be wary of plattenslagere and pickpockets, when they move around at Times Square in New York city or the Hollywood walk of fame in Los Angeles.
But few are aware of the fact that you can already be ripped off well and truly, before the plane has put the wheels on american grounds.
a number Of are companies have established themselves on the net and fooling big fees from the Danish travelers.
All the danes on a short term holiday must apply ESTA visa and have it approved prior to travel in order to be admitted into God's own country.
The fake visa pages use almost the same web addresses as the official ESTA ansøgningsadresse, and in perfect Danish leader to the consumer through a completely identical application process to apply for a visa. The only thing, are parasitic companies do, is to copy and paste the entered information on the real ESTA website. And raise a lot of extra money for it.
It happened to 49-year-old Philip Thomsen, who is going to New York in the spring.
- I googled ESTA and then it was the first page that came up in my search, and it so completely officially out. I discovered no, they had pulled nearly 600 dollars for very, before I got the invoice. I am surprised that Google allows, to the fake websites is so high in the search results list, says Philip Thomsen for Extra Magazine.
Max Ranzau, who live in the U.S., experienced the same problem, since he should have a visit of his parents from Denmark.
- My retired parents over and visit us later in the year, and they were close to going in the trap the other day. Thank goodness we got it stopped, before there were entered something important. It all looks so easy and straightforward. It was so until it was clear that there was to be paid 74 dollars on top of the commonly $ 14, as an ESTA-application costs, writes Max Ranzau for the Extra Magazine.
He works daily with identity systems, and is concerned about what information the fake visa companies have come into the possession of.
- I shake at the thought of how people's most confidential data can go astray and in the hands of the 3. party, who should never have had them.
The u.s. embassy in Denmark, warns against false ESTA-pages, but can't do much about it.
'the third party companies that charge a fee to assist travelers in registering under ESTA does NOT operate on behalf of the u.s. government (...) These companies and websites are not authorized by, associated with, or in any way affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the u.s. government. These sites are designed to seem legitimate, and even though they are misleading, they operate legally', write the embassy on the website.
Here you are calling also Philip Thomsen and the other danes, who have been fuppet, to check the booking reference number on the official ansøgningsside to confirm that your application is properly registered in the system.
the Embassy also says that you can try to dispute the amount collected to his bank or credit card company, but if the amount of the $ 14 will be refunded, as will the ESTA visa will automatically be denied and future applications may also be refused.
Also since GuideUsa.dk warns in a recently updated article on the fupsiderne:
'There are, unfortunately, several ESTA websites on the internet which try to earn money on the UNITED states-travelers' uncertainty about the completion of the application. Several of these unauthorized websites includes the name ESTA or 'official' in their enter homepage name to entice people to go into their unofficial pages', writes GuideUSA.dk and continues:
'The unofficial pages are really good to be high on the search results list in Google, when you for example search on 'ESTA USA', and many fake sites also pay to be the most visible through Google advertising and other online advertising - also in Denmark'.
•the ESTA.dk – operated from Gibraltar and takes $ 87 for the ESTA application.
•esta-america.org – same as the ESTA.dk
•immigrationfirst.com – same as the ESTA.dk
•official-esta.dk – operated from Los Angeles and take the $ 95 for the ESTA application.
•official-esta.com – same as official-esta.dk.
•evisaonline.com – taking $ 88 for the 'professional review' and 'behandlingsservice'.
to identify the official u.s. websites, according to the embassy will be a gov in the web address.
to seek a visa to the USA via the official address you have to go into https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ and select English in the top right corner.