*Advice updated – Now includes the mandatory $14 ESTA charge. But pay the US Government, not a 3rd party please?*
I’ve seen a bit of this since ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) came online, but there has been a reminder from the SANS Institute (they do a lot of computer related security) about the fake sites on the rise.
For hells teeth sake the correct site for ESTA is https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html
I repeat in large letters:
At best you’re being conned out of something that is currently $14 to get from the US Government.
At worst, you are opening yourself to major identity fraud, and the risk of compromising your credit file AND your passport.
If you’ve done your ESTA on any other site bar the US Customs and Border Patrol ESTA Site, contact your Bank and Passport agency now, and report that your identity has been compromised.