Indian Embassy telephone lines have been spoofed by fraudsters in the US to cheat people for money, according to an advisory issued by the mission which warned against entertaining any suspicious calls. In an advisory issued on Monday, the embassy warned people from entertaining such suspicious calls.
“It has been brought to the notice of the Embassy that some fraudsters are spoofing Embassy of India telephone lines to make calls aimed at cheating people,” it said in the advisory. “Some of these calls are shown as being from the Embassy telephone numbers (202-939-7000) while others simply use Embassy identity.”
“These fraudsters either seek personal information like credit card details etc. or try to extort money from Indian nationals by inter alia claiming that there are errors in their passports, visa forms, immigration forms etc. which could be rectified by paying money, and at the same time warning that the so-called errors, if not rectified, could result in deportation of the individual to India or their imprisonment in the USA,” the Indian Embassy said in its advisory.
Some of the Indian nationals living in the US, who received such call, brought to the notice of the embassy that some fraudsters are spoofing embassy of India telephone lines to make calls aimed at cheating people.Some of these calls are shown as being from the embassy telephone numbers while others simply use embassy identity.
In some cases, these fraudsters also claimed that they received such information from the embassy or other authorities in India. Visa applicants have also received such calls purporting to be from the embassy.
Officials said phone spoofing was a fairly easily accessible technology, that can be used from anywhere in the world. Indian missions in London and Frankfurt also issued similar advisories in the last two years.
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