INIS warns of fraud attempts by telephone contact
INIS warns that people have been contacted by telephone by individuals claiming to be representatives of INIS and threatening people with deportation orders unless a payment is made. This is attempted fraud.
The full warning on the INIS website reads:
It has come to our attention that some of our customers have been contacted by telephone by a person purporting to be from INIS.
The caller tells the person that they are the subject of a Deportation Order from the authorities in their country of origin and that they face deportation that day. They are told that INIS is acting on behalf of their own Government to recoup an administration payment which will prevent their immediate deportation.
This payment is to be made to an account in their country of origin. The caller I.D. number that displays is a real INIS number and the caller directs people to the website address and indeed the number will appear, on the face of it, to be legitimate.
This is an attempted fraud. INIS does not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to any such payments to accounts abroad. INIS does not under any circumstances request payment for its services over the telephone. Furthermore, any persons facing deportation from the State will have been involved in a detailed process and would be notified in writing by registered post in advance of any planned deportation.
Customers are asked to be vigilant. Do not give details of your immigration application or status to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are.
If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately.
Read the original notice from INIS at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/updates-announcements.