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I filled an ESTA application. Two days later I received the following email from
Dear John Doe,
We kindly ask you to reconfirm your Gender – Male or Female?
Before we can finish processing your application, we kindly ask you to reconfirm your Passport Issuance Date, Expiration Date and Number.
Please open your passport and confirm below.
Passport Issuance Date:
Passport Expiration Date:
Passport Number: –
We will process your application once we receive your response.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Customer Service Team ESTA USA
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This email (and email address) feels very weird to me. I quickly found this post stating that there are fraud websites. Scrolling through my history, I realized that I used the website http://www.esta.us/ and not https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. I seem to be the victim of a fraud.
I do not quite remember if I paid and what I paid when applying for this ESTA but I guess I paid something. I failed to see any payment on my personal bank account (via my bank website) though.
Am I the victim of a fraud (or legal but unreasonably expensive service)? What would you advise me to go from here?