Advisory to Indians students in Germany: Regarding fraudulent telephone calls

Fraudualent Calls

We wish to again bring to the notice of Indian Community about fraud calls which are being received by members of Indian community residing in Germany. Initially, Indian students studying in Germany and those Indians who are on a work permit in Germany were receiving such calls. In the recent past, the Indian-origin persons who have become German citizens (NRI and PIO card holders) are also receiving calls.

The calls are made by people who are masquerading as officials of Indian Embassy and from the telephone numbers which look as if called from Embassy. These are obviously spoofed numbers. The callers generally speak English and sometimes Hindi. It is requested that in the event of receiving such calls, the number from which call has originated, date and time of the call, contact number on which call was received and nature of demand or threat may be furnished to the Police as well as Embassy of India (minca.berlin@mea.gov.in and persoffice.berlin@mea.gov.in).

In some instances, the criminals have used the telephone numbers of Federal office of Migration and Refugees. In this regard, the Department has issued an advisory [Link to advisory]. Hence, you may send the complaints also to them in their email id (info.buerger@bamf.bund.de)

The practices adopted by the criminals are as follows:

  • Most of the calls originated from + 49 30 257950. In the recent past, calls are coming from +49 30 25795103. It may be mentioned that they are Embassy numbers but callers have spoofed these numbers.
  • The nature of threat or demand is that the person has given wrong or inadequate information in his passport or immigration records due to which a case is registered by Police in India or in Germany and also cases are pending in the Courts of India or Germany. Hence, perpetrators demand that a fine or penalty needs to be paid through Western Union money transfer and in rare cases bank account numbers were also given.

You may like to adequately caution your friends in Indian Community to be on guard and we would appreciate also any useful information that can identify the culprits. We have also taken up the matter with German authorities.

It is reiterated that Embassy/Consulate does not call up people to ask for money, etc, and hence such calls be ignored and reported promptly. 

Please share this ADVISORY NOTE to all Indian students and Indian origin Persons in Germany through your individual network, through FB, your association websites, through International offices at your university/institutions. Such circumstances make it very important that Indian students register with the Official database of the Embassy of India , so the Indian Students in Germany platform and Embassy of India can reach the students in such critical situations.

For more information, please visit: http://www.indianembassy.de/mynews.php?nid=2004

Best wishes
Team ISG