Immigration warning: Temporary working holiday visa scam on the loose

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The value of the Australian working visa is at a high level, based on the numbers of foreigners applying for it. Australia is a globally competitive country that has not faced recession for 21 years, and this is enough of a reason for tourists to consider the country as stable. But before entering Australia on a temporary working holiday visa, people need to heed the recent warnings from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Text message scams

Visa updates and other departmental notices can be sent through text messages. The Immigration Department and visa processing companies utilize this method for its convenience and speed of delivering information. However, some fraudsters have also been using this technology to steal money from people.

According to DIAC, these fraudsters are now targeting foreigners who have been granted Australia working holiday visas. Holders will receive a text message stating that they should settle an unpaid government fee, which is in fact non-existent. They will then be directed to a bogus DIAC website that accepts credit card payments.

The website

The fake DIAC website contains an authentic Immigration logo and ABN, so people might get deceived into believing that it is the actual website. But one way to identify that the website is a fake is to check the website’s address. If it contains ‘nettransfer.info’ or other questionable words in the address, it is a bogus website and should be avoided. DIAC states that such incidents must be reported to the local or state police. Alternatively, the case can be reported to the Australian Immigration at 1800-009-623.

Visa scam through telephone

Visa con men are also telephoning temporary working holiday visa holders to request payments to resolve fabricated irregularities. DIAC is encouraging people who receive such calls from individuals impersonating immigration officials to discontinue the conversation and report the case through the best possible means. In addition, the Department instructs visa holders to consult only with registered migration companies regarding their inquiries and concerns.

National Visas for assistance

National Visas is one of the trusted migration companies in Australia with a pool of registered migration agents who have years of experience in handling visa applications. The company can help temporary working holiday visa holders regarding their concerns, ensuring that the latest information is provided.

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