ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Passport-related scams are rising with the State Department having significant processing backlogs.
Reporting wait time for both new and renewal routine passport applications can be up to 18 weeks. Even “expedited passport” wait times take up to 3 months and include a $60 fee. The estimated backlog of passport applications is between a million and a half to 2 million applications.
Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau says, “Scammers, posing as Passport expeditors are stepping in and convincing their victims for a higher fee they can get quickly get through the processing time, including the initial internal intake of the applications, and mailing. Along with money losses in these scams, passports contain critical personal information that unlocks identity theft for years to come.”
Scammers also love to play on people in emotional and stressful situations. With American…