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.
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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.
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