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Immigration Scam

The ACCC is warning migrants to watch out for scammers pretending to be from government agencies including DFAT in a new scam targeting recent travellers (particularly those from India). Scammers call migrants, claiming to be from DFAT and DIBP, alleging that they have given false information on their visa documents or departure documents. They are told to either hand themselves in to police or pay almost $1000 via wire transfer through Western Union.

If you receive such a call ACCC have advised that you hang up. Government departments will never ask for wire transfers as a payment option. Never give your personal information, bank account or credit card details over the phone unless you are sure you are speaking with a trusted source. If you think you have provided your details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

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