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Limerick’s international students threatened with deportation in phone scam

Several people, including International students from University of Limerick (UL) have received fraudulent calls from an individual stating they are from Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) threatening deportation.

The recording tells people that they will be deported if a payment is not made over the phone.

A Garda spokesman said: “We are currently working to establish where this number is and to isolate it. We are aware of five incidents. However, only two incidents have been officially reported to Gardaí.”

“The case is still being processed, we can not give further information on the reports,” the spokesman added.

A number of non-Irish Nationals have been receiving phone calls from a telephone number 016669100 since November 9.

The caller tells the person that they are facing a deportation order from the authorities in their country, and the only way to solve this is to recoup an administration payment.

The caller ID number that is displayed is a genuine INIS number, with the caller directing people to the website address where the telephone number is displayed.

According to the notice on INIS website, payment over the telephone will never be requested and further states that any person facing deportation will be communicated through official written and registered correspondence.

Such correspondence has been carried out eight times since 2013 for various issues, according to Cathal Redmond, executive officer from INIS Press and Communications Office.

When asked about access to such personal information, he said: “INIS does not have information on how such persons get hold of customers information and cannot speculate on such, however there has been no breach of INIS data.”

INIS advise the public to be vigilant, and to not give details of immigration application or status unless you are sure who the caller is.

If you have received a similar phone call demanding payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately.

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