We have recently been made aware of telephone scams which are targeting migrants for money.
There has been a widespread scam where criminals have been posing as legitimate authorities or organisations (such as the Home Office) and contacting migrants to threaten them with a non-existent immigration issue and demand money as a 'fine' or as payment. In many cases it is claimed that the migrant has entered the UK illegally and/or will be deported or have their leave cancelled if the money is not paid.
These fraudulent calls have some common ground which should be noted to protect yourself and others from such scams:
- The caller may seem to be genuine by knowing some of your details (passport number, name and telephone number);
- The caller may try to appear credible by giving you a name and telephone number to call back;
- The caller will mention that there is a serious and urgent problem with your immigration permission;
- The caller will claim that payment of money to prevent further action or investigation being taken by the Home Office;
- The caller will often demand the money is sent via the Western Union or MoneyGram.
If you have received such a telephone call or been contacted with similar demands you may wish to report the matter online to the Police at Action Fraud