Saanich Police are warning about the passport scam that’s starting to resurface and is aimed at those thinking about applying for or renewing a passport.
The scam involves online companies offering to speed up the passport application process — for a fee.
A/Sgt. Jereme Leslie said no third party can speed up passport applications, which are available for free. Only official passport service locations can collect passport fees.
“If you’re in urgent need of a passport, there are legitimate ways to obtain express service,” Leslie said in a release. “There are a number of other issues that go along with this fraud including giving out your personal information.”
Individuals who have been victims of this scam should gather all information about the fraud and contact local police, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.