Phone scam targets student visa holders in Australia
Student visa holders in Australia have been targeted by scammers who trick them into paying large fine for allegedly working beyond the hours allowed in their permits. The scammers impersonated immigration officers seeking payment for unlawfully working extra hours.
Overseas students are only allowed to work 40 hours a week.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has issued a warning to international students to be aware of individuals impersonating their officers: ‘The department has received information from a number of students who have been contacted by people claiming to be from immigration-related agencies,’ the DIAC statement said.
‘Con artists claiming to be from DIAC tell their targets that their visa working conditions have been breached, advising that a fine has been issued and must be paid in full.’
Some students have reportedly received fine notices demanding payment of thousands of dollars. The DIAC advises students to report any contact about such demands to the police.
Australia has counted more than 300,000 student visa holders by mid 2012.
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