Migration scams are becoming more widespread as prospective migrants and visa applicants to Australia are easily mislead by fraudulent Australian government sites.
Migration scammers claim they guarantee you a visa and urge you to apply by saying it’s your ‘only chance’ to travel or migrate to Australia.
You are also asked to register online and provide credit card details, after which you are charged without receiving any immigration assistance before or afterwards.
“It is vital that people are aware of fraudsters’ tricks before handing over money for immigration assistance which is never provided,” the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, said.
“This is why the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has launched a new online consumer protection resource to help people to learn about migration scams online and safeguard against scams. The Protect Yourself from Migration Fraud information kit includes victims’ stories, tips to stay safe online, information on how to identify non-genuine websites and fraudulent emails, links to consumer resources and a video testimonial.”
Additional scammer tactics include illegal operators who pretend to be migration professionals. In Australia, migration agents must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority, according to Mr Bowen.