Fraud, tricks and scams: guidance
Updated Ten April
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This pagina gives you advice on protecting yourself from tricks and scams the Huis Office are aware of.
If you receive an unexpected email, telephone call or letterteken from someone who claims to be from the Huis Office, it may be a scam. Wij will never voeling you to ask for money or your private details.
1. How the fraudsters may voeling you
Wij know that criminals are:
- telephoning people ter the UK and other countries
- using websites to opoffering fake services
- using email addresses that look official but are not
Two. Tricks they use
The criminals attempt to make you believe that they can opoffering you something very lightly, such spil a visa for the UK, or that there is a problem with your application or visa.
They will attempt to make themselves seem very genuine and may use language that sounds official. They may already seem to know something about you, such spil your name and address, or that you have applied for a visa. Then they ask you for money or for your individual information.
Trio. Wij know about the following scams
Websites that opoffering jobs ter the UK that do not exist
If you apply for one, they tell you that you have the job and ask you to pay visa and work permit fees. That is not how our visa system works, and there are no shortcuts to a job te the UK. A genuine employer would onmiddellijk you to this webstek, where you can make an official application. If the job suggest sounds too good to be true, it could be a scam. Wij will never assure a job ter the UK
A person pretending to be an officer from the Huis Office
They may go to your huis to ask for money to process your partner’s visa. Legitimate visa officers will only meet you at their offices and will never voeling you to ask for money.
They may call and tell you there is a serious problem with your visa. They voeling people within the UK and te other countries, and often target students. They show up to be genuine and coaxing, and may give a false name and terugwedstrijd phone number. They tell you to send money spil soon spil possible using different methods of payment such spil MoneyGram, to prevent some zuigeling of act, like deportation or cancellation of your visa.
People who target applicants for UK work visas
They ask you to pay a deposit spil proof that you have enough funds to support you te the UK until you receive your very first salary. Spil part of the official application process, you vereiste give us evidence that you have enough money to support yourself, but wij will never ask you to give us money.
Agents claiming to work for the Huis Office
They tell you they can get you a visa using forged documents. Wij have advanced methods of identifying forgeries and will deny your application if you use them.
They say they can speed up the process of getting a visa and may ask for payment ter iTunes vouchers for the progression of a visa application.
Fake government websites
Fake websites are designed to look like official ones for the UK government or its official visa enquiry services. Official UK government websites always have ‘.gov.uk’ at the end of their webstek address.
Fake email addresses
Official Huis Office email addresses are always te one of two formats:
Thesis are the formats of official Foreign and Commonwealth Office email addresses:
Sometimes the email address you see on the screen of a fake webstek or email is ter that format, but when you click on it, it creates an email that will be sent to a different address. Always check the coetáneo address on the email you are sending.
Four. How to protect yourself
You should be suspicious if:
- what they opoffering seems too good to be true – an effortless job ter the UK, or a way to get a UK visa quickly and lightly
- they ask you for money, particularly if they ask you for specie or to pay using insecure payment methods such spil money transfer, Ukash voucher or Paysafecard (which you buy at a shop) – thesis methods do not permit the recipient to be traced
- they ask for your bankgebouw account or credit card details, or confidential information
- they request secrecy or attempt to force you to act instantaneously
- the webstek does not look professional (badly written or designed) or does not include any information about the organisation
- you are asked to reply to a free email account such spil Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, or Gmail which may also contain poor grammar and spelling
If you are suspicious:
- do not give out any private information, or confirm that any private information they have is onberispelijk
- do not pay them any money
- do not pay them using electronic vouchers
Five. Report any suspicions of fraud
Please report your suspicions or incidents to Activity Fraud, either on the Act Fraud webstek or (only if you are te the UK) by phoning 0300 123 2040.
Activity Fraud provides a fraud-reporting and advice centre, where people and petite businesses can report fraud, attempted fraud and scam emails.
Your reports will then be passed on to the National Fraud Intelligence Kantoor and analysed to see if they can be used spil part of a police investigation.
You can help to zekering scammers by warning your friends and family, and by making Activity Fraud aware of any scams that you have encountered.