Immigration scam warning
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is urging visa holders and Australian citizens to hang up on fraudulent phone calls from scammers.
The ACCC has received reports of scammers impersonating government officials who threaten visa holders and citizens with deportation because they claim these people have not filled out immigration forms correctly.
Scammers are targeting people by demanding up-front fees of around $1,000 to resubmit forms. A high proportion of those targeted have been people from India and Pakistan.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has confirmed that they never request payments over the phone or through international money transfer providers.
When more information regarding a visa application is required, DIBP will either contact the applicant or sponsor directly, or through their migration agent if they are using one.