Australian dating scams
We are concerned by recent scam phone calls, claiming to be from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, with the caller requesting money to progress visa applications.The caller identifies themselves as an employee of the Department, and typically introduces themselves using a first name.
The email address used by the scammer is not a genuine departmental email address and ends in '.pn' . Victims can receive an email unsolicited, after they register their details on a job seeking website, or after responding to a non-genuine employment ad.Related information is available on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority website.Our posts outside Australia report a number of dating or romance scams.If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the Department who requests money, report it using our Immigration and citizenship online report.A scam is an attempt to intentionally mislead people to steal money, property, or personal information, or to dishonestly obtain something else of value.If the information requested appears to be suspicious, you need to contact the relevant cruise company directly to verify if the job offer is legitimate. Do not use the contact details that have been received from the job offer correspondence.
More information about working in Australia is available on our website.
The phone number might appear to be a genuine official number.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will never request money over the phone.
The information available on this page explains, how you can protect yourself from migration fraud and scams.
People might give you false or misleading information in order to defraud you.
The caller claims that the visa holder will be deported if they don't make this payment. If you receive a call of this nature, we advise that you hang up immediately and report the call to police in your state or territory, and to us using the dedicated reporting service.