Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Advertisement

Immigrants targeted in naturalisation scam told to remain vigilant

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service said some of their customers have been contacted and told they must pay a fine of €500.

Citizenship
Citizenship

IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE looking to become Irish citizens have been warned about possible fraud attempts.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) said that some of their customers have been contacted by telephone by a person purporting to be from INIS indicating that they must pay a fine of €500.

The fraudsters quote the INIS helpline number as some kind of legitimacy. The phone number is freely available on their website.

Telephone scam

The INIS said they do not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to payment for services. They said their fees are published on the website and payable to INIS as part of the application process, stating that the payment of “fines” does not arise.

They state that applicants should be vigilant and should not give details of their immigration application to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are. They add that if someone demands payment of a fine, the should contact INIS and the gardaí.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, the Irish Immigrant Council (ICI) said they welcomed that this was being flagged by the INIS, stating that there are many people out there that “are out to exploit people and their families who are in vulnerable positions”.

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

Personal information

The spokesperson said that “under no circumstances” should personal information be given out to third parties, said the ICI.

They added that there had been scams in the past with visa charges, adding that it is something that does occur, but said people should remain vigilant in relation to potential scams.

Read: Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling – ICI>

Read: ‘Pimping and trafficking’ continues as Dáil reviews prostitution laws>

Read next:

COMMENTS (100)