Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is warning visa holders in the country about the latest spate of scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be Immigration staff.
According to INZ, callers, posing as Immigration staff tell the person they have broken the law which breaches their visa conditions, and threatens that if they don’t pay money immediately they will have to go to court and face further fees.
Often the caller has some details of the person, such as a case reference numbers, although these do not match Immigration New Zealand client or application numbers. These calls are not from Immigration New Zealand.
INZ is strongly advising all visa holders that if they receive one of these calls, not to pass on any personal or payment details to the caller. If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, INZ’s advice is to contact the New Zealand Police immediately to report the fake call
Article by David Fuller