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Don’t get scammed

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau is warning residents about a new scam targeting people of Asian descent.
Victims of the scam are cold called by people claiming to be from the Home Office UK Visa and Immigration department. The cold caller claims that a case has been received by the department against the victim, sometimes suggesting that the victim will be deported.
A request is then made for money to be paid mainly by Ukash vouchers or MoneyGram (online money transfer services). Occasionally, money is requested to be paid into a bank account.
Some victims have been asked to provide bank account details.
A telephone number is given which is a genuine contact number for the Home Office to give the call a form of legitimacy.
The UK Visa and Immigration department would not make any request for payments in this form.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has advised that:
Any unsolicited contact followed by a request for an advance payment/fee is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you. Do not pay any fees unless you are 100per cent sure of what you are paying for

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