US State Department shuts down its passport applicant online appointment system after scammers used bots to obtain bookings and sold them on online forums
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
- Scammers used bots to schedule appointments which where were then sold online, including Facebook groups like one called 'US Passports and Visas'
- The State Department first learned of the scams in June
- The online tool had offered the ability to schedule last-minute appointments for travelers, which were often reserved for travelers in life-or-death emergencies
- The State Department noted that the only way to book an appointment currently is to call the National Passport Information Center on a weekday
Posted by: Skidmark 2021-07-24