The UK Border Agency are warning people to be aware of a number of scam e-mails and websites purporting to be sent and operated by UKBA; and of calls made by people posing as UKBA staff [14 August 2012]
The scams that the UKBA are aware of are:
• Foreign criminals advertising fake UK jobs on the internet. Individuals that apply are told they have a job and are directed to a link to pay for visa and work permit fees. These websites are not operated by UKBA, and you should not click on any of the links or pay any money.
• Students at a number of UK universities have received calls from someone who claims they work for the UKBA, giving a false name and a return phone number. These calls are not from the UKBA, but the caller may appear to be genuine and convincing. The caller may say that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to send a payment as soon as possible to prevent further action including deportation.
• A request for payment of a deposit as proof that you have sufficient funds to support your arrival in the UK until your first salary is received.
How to protect yourself:
• Do not give out any personal information, nor confirm that any personal information they have is correct.
• Do not make any payment.
• Do report the matter online to us via our online tool or by calling 0300 123 2040.
You should always access the official UKBA website by typing:www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk into your browser.
Please note that official UK Government websites will have the suffix “.gov.uk”.
Emailing the UKBA
Sometimes these exact addresses will appear on the screen, but when you click on the address, a different e-mail address will be selected, so you should be alert to this.
UK Government bodies will never use free e-mail accounts such as hotmail, yahoomail, or gmail to contact you.
Visit the UKBA website for more information.
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