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Police warning over immigration scam

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/06/2016

Phone scammers claiming to be the immigration department have duped people out of thousands of dollars, police say.

People around the country have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be Immigration New Zealand employees, who accuse victims of evading taxes and threatening deportation if they don't give payment in Apple iTunes cards, police say in a warning.

Inspector Dave Glossop said some people bought between $500 and $5000 worth of vouchers for the scammers.

He described the callers as aggressive and persistent and said Indian people were being particularly targeted.

"They have personal details of the person they are scamming which could make the call sound genuine," he said.

Police have advised people to hang up immediately and say government departments like Immigration never call demanding payment or threatening deportation.

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