Members of the public were urged to be on the guard against dishonest visa expediter service companies.

The United States Consulate said today fraudsters had falsely claimed fees from uniformed customers.

A spokeswoman said: “Individuals who use third parties to complete US non-immigrant visa applications should be aware that the US government does not collect any visa fees online for applicants in Bermuda.

“While a third-party company may legitimately charge a service fee, the non-refundable visa application fee of $160 is to be paid directly by the applicant to US Consulate on the day of the scheduled visa interview.”

All information on applying for a visa in Bermuda can be found on the consulate’s website at https://bm.usconsulate.gov/visas.

For questions about the visa application process, e-mail the Consulate at [email protected].