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Advisory for Indian citizens in the UK and those intending to visit or seeking employment in the UK

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 Advisory for Indian citizens in the UK and those intending to visit or seeking employment in the UK

1. A number of incidents have come to the attention of the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh, involving fraudsters having telephonically cheated some Indian nationals by posing as officers from UK Home Office/ UK immigration/ UKBA. 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, Consulate General of India, Edinburgh/Birmingham or some other authorities in India, British High Commission in New Delhi etc.

2. Indian nationals are advised not to entertain suspicious telephone calls and they should never part with their money in response to such calls. Indian nationals are further advised to immediately notify the concerned police authorities and also report the matter online to Action Fraud(www.actionfraud.police.uk) or by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 (UK number). They may also notify about such calls to their university (in case of students) and their employers/sponsors (in case of work permit holders).

3. There have also been cases of fake job offers to Indian nationals (residing in India) by unscrupulous elements posing as well reputed companies in UK.  Job offers should, therefore, be carefully scrutinized before meeting any demand for payment. A report can be filed with the concerned Indian police authorities and Action Fraud (www.actionfraud.police.uk).

Dec 5, 2016