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Rising Visa Scams in New Zealand is Worrisome for Migrant Students

November 2013, 19
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NZ Scam

With the rising number of student visas to New Zealand comes alarming number of visa scams. Many innocent students were their targets and they play their game well. Who are they? Well, such incidences happened in Wintec and let’s get to know more about these culprits and how they operate.

Someone is bullying the immigrant students at Wintec to either pay them up or get kicked out of the country. This person claims to be some ‘immigration official’; also he pretty much scares the hell out of these foreign students who enter via students’ visas to New Zealand. This particular scammer, managed to rob 900 USD off a student, but her friends got suspicious while she was narrating the whole incident to them.
With the help of her friends, she managed to reach the Hamilton police and narrated the whole incident to the police. The police after hearing the whole incident knew where this was heading for, they asked her to go to her bank and reverse the payment.
According to students, who were threated on phone by this scammer, the voice was manly and the threats were severe. The students were scared and they didn’t want to launch an official complaint fearing the consequences, if any, said Andrew McAlley, who is the Waikato Police Spokesperson.
Another student walked into the police station with a phone number, which the so-called ‘official’ gave her, she rang the number from the station and it answered “Department of Immigration”. As soon the phone was handed over to an officer in charge, the phone was hung. Moreover, McAlley was certain that government officials only handle matters through written documents. This is something which foreign students should keep in mind after landing in NZ on a students’ visa.
Police are doing everything from their part to ensure that this ‘official’ is nabbed; Wintec spokesperson even urged all the students who hear from this ‘official’ or any other ‘officials’ claiming to be from ‘The Department of Immigration’, to report police immediately.
The calls are not from Immigration NZ, and the way they operate the whole scam itself is very dubious. They call the students saying that, there is a problem with their information on the arrival card or the student visa itself. If, they don’t pay the money within a specific time to the given Western Union Account, they will face deportation.
Mostly the victims are Indian students in New Zealand and often time the caller also has certain details of the student they are talking to, such as DOB, address or name. They also mention certain reference numbers to scare these students, which obviously doesn’t match with the records of the real Immigration Department.
New Zealand Immigration consultants for student visas must ensure that all the students are cautioned and they are equipped with the knowledge of such activities happenings around. New Zealand Police also advised students not to paying any amount and contact the police directly if such officials’ calls.

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