Fresh cases have come to notice of the Embassy on 18.6.2015 wherein young Indian students/professionals have received calls purportedly from number 0140505070/71, belonging to the Embassy of India, Paris. A person identifies himself as John Smith, claiming that he is calling from Embassy of India, Paris and tells the Indian students there is some problem in the Immigration form that they had filled at the Immigration. The caller usually states that proceedings were being initiated against them by French Administration and they would be deported to India unless they paid a fine or penalty for closure of their case/files. The standard modus operandi has been to tell the students/professionals that they have deliberately suppressed information while filling immigration form and ask them to pay the penalty/fine through Western Union/ or unrecognized banking channels. The caller then gives a fake complaint reference number and asks the student to transfer money in the accounts given by him and not to tell anyone.
The Embassy of India, would like to assure the Indian students / professionals working in France that
- There is no one by the name of John Smith in the Embassy. The caller is a fraud and is misusing the Embassy phone number and name. Embassy of India does not demand money on phone from anyone in this manner.
- There is no need to panic and not to pay heed to such calls.
- Inform Indian Embassy immediately in case you receive such calls and send relevant details at [email protected]
- Do not transfer any money towards penalty/fine through Western Union or any other unrecognized banking channel.
For further information, Embassy of India in Paris can be contacted at the following address:
20-22 Rue Alberic Magnard
Tel: 01 40 50 70 70, 01405045109, 0140505116