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Beware of fraudulent calls, warns Indian Embassy

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Indian Embassy in Kuwait warns the community members about fraudulent calls claiming as Embassy officials. In a press release, Indian Embassy informed that unscrupulous individuals are telephoning Indian nationals in Kuwait, posing as Embassy officials, with a view to extracting money.

"It has been brought to the attention of the Embassy of India that unscrupulous individuals are telephoning Indian nationals, posing as Embassy officials, with a view to extracting money. These individuals may also sometimes provide certain personal particulars to make their claims sound convincing," said the press release.

"All Indian nationals in Kuwait are hereby informed that the Embassy of India never requests for any such payments/money transfers, nor for your bank details, nor for money transfers through telephone calls or through unauthorized means, nor will ask for your banking credentials/credit card details etc", embassy clarified.

Embassy also informed that established processes and procedures are in place for various services provided by the Embassy, which are clearly laid out on the Embassy’s official website (http://www.indembkwt.gov.in/).

Embassy request the Indian nationals to exercise caution and not to fall prey to any fraudulent attempts.

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Dr Prabhuraj Sabarad
Monday, October 14, 2019
I have received a similar fake call yesterday from indian embassy phone number. The natorious fraud wanted 854kd to be transferred to someone called Aruna Balraj, in India. He said that I could be black listed by Indian embassy as my immigration form in 2017 was incorrectly filled by me while I traveled to India in 2017. He knew when I first came to kuwait, and my travel details of 2017. When I listen to him carefully for more than half hour, I realized that he had a typical Pakistani English accent and he was asking me to go to the nearby Al muzaini exchange or western union money transfer in my area, and insisted that I don''t disconnect the call. When I asked him that first I wanted to go to the Indian embassy and later make the payment, he got annoyed and disconnected the call.
I sat down for a while, and thought about, how my passport and civil ID information was leaked to this fraud. It was the VFS Global office in kuwait city where I had gone for an interview to get visa from German embassy in kuwait. VFS Global a private agency from Mumbai has been given the contract and responsibility of processing the visa application for German embassy. That is where my details got leaked to this fraudster! I am sure because this was the place where they took both my passport and the Civil ID details, and these are the people who send the passport to the German embassy here and collect the passport from the German embassy. Later the passport is delivered to the candidate by VFS Global. When I called the Indian embassy in Kuwait they said that they have issued a press release about the issue and they have been facing this problem since 1 and half year.

MURALI KRISHNAN
Monday, August 26, 2019
I had received such a call last month. The call was from published official embassy number when I checked later. The caller had my travel particulars from 2017 , my email id, DOB etc. Very disturbing for me. But when he was demanding money, I was half convinced that this is a fraudulent call. I want to Thank embassy officials for the official warning clarifying the facts.

Mohammed
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Why don''t Indian Embassy take action against these frauds, Just publishing Info doesn''t work. My colleague has personally gone through this situation. On receiving fake call from +1111 number, immediately this issue has been informed to Indian embassy through email & call, that the fraud person is going to call him again on the following day to receive fee amount approx 450 kwd at my friends residence here in Kuwait to remove his name from blacklist of Immigration department. In reply from Indian embassy through email & call, embassy has just informed to ignore such calls rather than legally tracing them here in Kuwait with the help of police. So that no other Expat go through these situations. I would also like to mention that on the following day the fraud person has called my friend again as agreed on previous day (to collect amount here in Kuwait) through Landline No. 22530612 (Same as Indian Emb No.) to claim money. We just spoke to him to come to Indian embassy to collect money, he just hang up the phone & never called my friend again.

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