Advisory against online scams offering jobs/Spoofed Calls/fraudsters impersonating as Embassy officers
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Advisory against online scams offering jobs
It has been brought to our notice that some Indian nationals have received phone calls or emails purportedly from Portugal-based firms, companies and institutions offering jobs or work visa processing services in exchange for money transfer payments.
    It is hereby advised to exercise due diligence and caution in dealing with unverified parties to avoid being victimized by these scams and not to transfer money or share any personal/confidential information without verifying the details.
Following are few warning signs of internet job scam: 
1.   You have received a job offer for which you have not applied.
2.   You are offered a job with vague description and an exceptionally high salary.
3.   You are asked to share your personal/confidential details such as date of birth, bank details or passport details. (This information could be used for fraudulent activity.)
4.   Scam emails are often badly written and have spelling mistakes. These emails generally do not include contact information or are sent from a personal email account.
5.   The scammers may pose as representatives of reputable firms, imitate their websites and replace their contact information to seek fees for certificates, clearances and affidavits of guarantee fund. In many cases, scammers instruct the victims to transact with a specific agency/individual who would supposedly process the visa and paperwork for the employment contract.
6.   If you suspect that you may have fallen pray to an online job scam, please report the incident to your local police authorities and cyber crime investigation cell. 

Advisory against spoofed calls / fraudsters impersonating as officers of Indian Missions and Posts 

    It has been brought to the notice of the Embassy that some fraudsters are spoofing Embassy of India telephone lines to make calls aimed at cheating people. Some of these calls are shown as being from the Embassy telephone numbers while others simply use Embassy identity. These fraudsters either seek personal information like credit card details etc. or try to extort money from Indian nationals by inter alia claiming that there are errors in their passports, visa forms, immigration forms etc. which could be rectified by paying money, and at the same time warning that the so called errors, if not rectified, could result in deportation of the individual to India or their imprisonment in Portugal. In some cases, these fraudsters have also falsely claimed that they received such privileged information from the Embassy or other authorities in India. Visa applicants have also received such calls purporting to be from the Embassy.
2. This is to confirm that no officials from the Embassy make any telephone calls seeking personal information from any Indian or foreign nationals. In case any additional documentation is required from an existing applicant, it is sought only through email(s) originating from the email domain @mea.gov.in.
3. The Embassy of India hereby advises members of the public not to entertain any suspicious telephone calls made in the name of Embassy of India. They are also advised not to reveal any personal information or transfer any money in response to such calls. They may bring such matters to the notice of the Embassy at the email ID:cons.lisbon@mea.gov.in.
4. Also if you want to share the information on spoofed telephone calls, please fill the form and send it by email to cons.lisbon@mea.gov.in with a subject: INFORMATION ON SPOOFED CALLS.

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