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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Indian consulate in Dubai warns fraudsters are using its name for an immigration scam

Unknown callers tell residents they have committed an immigration offence and must pay a fine

Fraudulent phone calls and text messages have become common in the UAE. David Paul Morris / Bloomberg
Fraudulent phone calls and text messages have become common in the UAE. David Paul Morris / Bloomberg

The Indian Consulate in Dubai has said its name is being used in fraudulent phone calls to extort money from residents.

Officials would never make such calls, the consulate said in a statement on Tuesday.

It said “unidentified people are making calls to the general public residing in Dubai and the northern emirates from the numbers 04 397 1222 and 04 397 1333, falsely telling people they are calling from the Indian consulate and asking the persons to deposit money in different accounts claiming they had infringed some immigration law.”

Residents who receive such calls should inform the consulate via email on hoc.dubai@mea.gov.in and cgoffice.dubai@mea.gov.in

Dubai Police has been informed about the scam.

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