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Beware: On Monday, March 07, 2016, Immigration New Zealand was notified of a new wave of scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be Immigration staff.

Callers, posing as Immigration staff tell the person they have broken the law which breaches their visa conditions, and threatens that if they don’t pay money immediately they will have to go to court and face further fees. Often the caller has some details of the person, such as a case reference numbers, although these do not match Immigration New Zealand client or application numbers. These calls are not from Immigration New Zealand.

If you receive a call from Immigration New Zealand, please ask them to quote your Client Number and/or application number to confirm that they are genuinely from INZ. If you are in doubt, you do not have to give them any information over the phone, you may ask them to send you a letter with the request they have.

If you receive one of these calls, do not pass on personal details or payment details to the caller. If you believe you have been a victim of this scam we advise you to contact the New Zealand Police to report the call.

Further advice on what to do if you think you have been the victim of a scam, can be found on the Consumer Affairs website.

One of the advantages of being represented by an Immigration Adviser such as Immigration Centre is that you do not have to worry about such scams. In that case, INZ would always call or write to us as your representative. If we do represent you, and you get a call from INZ, you are entitled to tell them to call your adviser.

Be careful out there

 

Jig Patel
Managing Director