We’ve all heard of scammers in India targeting the U.S. with the IRS scam, but the tables have turned in Brussels. Scammers are now targeting Indian nationals who are trying to immigrate to Brussels by posing as the Indian embassy.
Using scare tactics to take advantage of Indian nationals waiting on their immigration status, the so-called agent from the Belgian/Indian government agency informs the victim that they’ve run into an issue with their immigration papers. Then, the scammers demand that the national transfers money into an overseas account to resolve the problem. In reality, there is no issue and now the victim is out of their hard earned cash.
Here are a few tips if you believe you’ve been targeted by a scammer:
- Government agencies will never contact you over the phone. If you have been contacted about your immigration status, hang-up and call the Embassy of India to confirm whether or not there is an issue with your paperwork.
- If you receive an unexpected call requesting for payment through wire transfer, gift cards or credit card, do not share any personal or financial information. Scammers use this information to steal identities and money.
- If you’ve been a victim or have been targeted by this scam, the Embassy of India in Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union released a statement that says, “Indians living in Belgium are advised to be wary of such calls/emails and report the matter immediately to the nearest police station and the Embassy of India at +32 (0)2 6409140 & +32 (0)2 6451850.”