Migrants and visa holders have been warned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about a recent scam, whereby victims are threatened with deportation if they do not pay $900 to the scammers.
The scammers claim that the person they are calling does not have a “citizenship and immigration services alien” (CISA) number, which is fictitious.
Delia Rickard, ACCC deputy chair, says there has been 60 reports of the scam so far this year.
A Department of Immigration and Citizenship spokesman said “The Australian Government will never call you to demand a payment in relation to your visa so if you receive this call, hang up”.
Call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623 if you receive a similar phone call.