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South Sudan Citizens Warned Not to Fall Victim to Olympic Visa Fraud Scheme

As the 2024 Paris Olympics Games are approaching and the demand to attend may be massive, the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) has warned the general public to beware of fraudulent websites offering visa services for the Olympics.

The Paris Olympics are expected to occur from July 26 to August 11, SchengenNews.reports.

Yesterday, on May 28, Dr Arou Ramadan Chan, Secretary General of SSBF, also alerted citizens of the dangers of falling victim to online fraudsters asking for money for visa services in France.

A few weeks ago, after several meetings with the French Embassy, we agreed to put a link on our page to the South Sudan Basketball Federation. When you click on it, you will be able to get all the details for you to pay for the visa.

SSBF Secretary General Dr Arou Ramadan Chan

As reported by local media, he further emphasized that visa issuance requires applicants to travel to the Embassy of France in Ethiopia for biometrics, as South Sudan lacks the necessary infrastructure.

In the recent past, he noted that various people have connected with the federation, saying that some people are asking if they can get visas. According to Dr Arou, the nearest location visa to France to be issued is the French Embassy in Ethiopia after the traveler meets all the requirements.

Basketball Players of South Sudan Still Waiting for Their Passports to Be Processed to Participate in Olympic Games

Last month, the National Olympic Committee of South Sudan confirmed that the National Basketball Team will participate in the Olympic Games.

The same authority said that the basketball players will participate in this event and await their passports. In this regard, Director General Stephen pointed out that visa processing can take seven to 14 days but hoped for faster processing.

Who Assists South Sudan Citizens Wishing to Travel to France for the Olympics?

As the Deputy Executive Director of the National Olympic Committee of South Sudan, Francis Ezekiel Idris, explains, the only bodies that can be addressed to people who wish to travel to France for the Olympics are the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) and the South Sudan National Olympic Committee (NOC).

Moreover, he warned people also to be wary of those who offer visas as they may be lying as they are looking for any opportunity to make quick money, and some have used these Olympics to make fast money from people.

Last year, the national basketball team, Bright Stars, qualified for the Paris Olympics after defeating Angola in the FIBA ​​World Cup, achieving the biggest victory in the country’s basketball history.

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