A new phone scam is targeting Indian nationals living in New Zealand and threatening deportation if victims don’t put money into a Western Union account in India.
Three hundred Indian nationals have reported being called by the scammers and have been conned out of nearly $65,000, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The callers have personal details about the person they’re targeting , leading the person to think the caller is genuine. The call also looks like it’s coming from the Immigration contact centre number.
Another new variation on this scam also sees callers pose as Immigration New Zealand staff and demand payment from applicants for the purpose of attending a telephone interview with the International Organisation for Migration.
What to do:
- Hang up immediately.
- If it doesn't seem right, be cautious, double-check details first.
- Do not pay money to anyone you have never met.
- Look after your personal details in the same way you would your wallet and other possessions. Your personal details are also very valuable to scammers, they will use your details to take out loans or run up debts if they can.
- Banks, Immigration New Zealand or Inland Revenue never email, call or SMS customers to ask for information or money to be sent using money transfer services. If you receive one of these calls, do not pay the money. Contact the New Zealand Police or report the call to Scamwatch.