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Passport scams on the rise due to massive processing backlog, BBB warns

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CHICAGO - As many as 2 million Americans are eagerly awaiting their passports to be issued or renewed by the U.S.

State Department, and the processing backlog is creating an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of impatient travelers.The Better Business Bureau says passport scams are on the rise as reported wait times for both new and renewal passport applications is up to 18 weeks, even if you pay the $60 for expedited processing.Steve Bernas, president and CEO of BBB Chicago and Northern Illinois, says scammers posing as passport expeditors are attempting to lure people into paying higher fees to quickly cut the wait time.DOWNLOAD THE FOX 32 NEWS APP FOR BREAKING ALERTS"Scammers, posing as Passport expeditors are stepping in and.

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