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Two Indian IT professionals fall prey to UK deportation scam

At least two Indian IT professionals who recently arrived in the United Kingdom on a Tier 2 visa have fallen victims of a scam — where they were told they were facing jail and deportation, so they paid thousands of pounds to get out of the ‘crisis’.

india Updated: May 04, 2015 01:07 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar

At least two Indian IT professionals who recently arrived in the United Kingdom on a Tier 2 visa have fallen victims of a scam — where they were told they were facing jail and deportation, so they paid thousands of pounds to get out of the ‘crisis’.

Details of the two cases that occurred in April have been passed on to British authorities for investigation, official sources said.

In one case, Naresh (name changed) received a call from a UK number, informing him that a case had been filed against him in India and that he would be deported if the case was not closed by sending money through a money transfer company.

After sending £1,500, he was told that £800 would be refunded after an official verified his passport and handed over the case closure documents. But no one contacted him after that, and his calls to the UK phone number went unanswered.

The second case involved over £3,000. Suresh (name changed) was told that the Indian government had filed a case against him in the UK; and that we would be jailed and deported to India.

He was told not to contact anyone, including his wife or the Indian high commission, as he sent his savings and borrowed money from a colleague to meet the demands made. “I was really scared as we have a baby,” he said.

In over five transactions, Suresh transferred £3,323 to four Indian accounts. He was told that officers would come to his house the next morning to issue a bail bond, for which he had to pay another £200.

Several Indian IT companies have offices in Britain and routinely post employees from India on the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa.