Indian mission in UK issues advisory for fraud-hit nationals

The Indian High Commission in London today advised Indian nationals in the UK to not entertain suspicious phone calls after some community members received calls demanding money for alleged mistakes on their passport and visa documents.

The Indian High Commission in London today advised Indian nationals in the UK to not entertain suspicious phone calls after some community members received calls demanding money for alleged mistakes on their passport and visa documents. The mission advised those affected to contact the UK’s anti-fraud line and said its officials have written to the UK Home Office, drawing their attention to the fraudulent calls. “Indian nationals are advised not to entertain suspicious telephone calls and they should never part with their money in response to such calls,” the mission said in its advisory.

It said that a number of incidents have come to the attention of the High Commission involving fraudsters having telephonically cheated some Indian nationals by posing as officers from the UK Home Office or immigration department or the UK Border Agency. “These fraudsters extort money from Indian nationals, claiming that mistakes were noticed in their passports, visa forms, immigration forms etc. and that they should deposit money (as demanded by these fraudsters) to have these mistakes rectified or else they will be deported or imprisoned in UK. “In some cases, these fraudsters have also falsely claimed that they received such information about Indian nationals from the High Commission of India in London, other authorities in India, British High Commission in New Delhi.”