THE ASIAN COMMUNITY ARE TARGETTED IN NEW SCAM
UK Visa Holders are the new target.
A variation on an old scam, the Advance Fee Payment Scam, has been re-vamped and is now being targetted at the immigrant community, concentrating on those having an Asian immigrant background.
The target will receive a cold call from someone pretending to be from The Home Office UK Visa and Immigration Department.
They will claim that following information they have received, an investigation has been launched against them, but they may be able to help if a financial payment is made.
Occasionally they may ask the target for their bank details, to ‘help in their enquiries’.
They will usually ask for the payment to be made directly into a bank account, or for tranfers to be made via Ukash Vouchers or Moneygram.
To aid in their authenticity, the caller identifier on the target’s telephone will show the real Government Departments telephone number.
Once again, you can guess the rest. There never was any investigation, and any payments you make will just vanish from the face of the earth, and into the scammers ever growing pockets.
The genuine Home Office UK Visa and Immigration Department will NEVER ask for payments like this.
Remember – NEVER take cold calls at face value.
Always double check them,
from a different telephone.
For further information on this scam, follow this link.