Visa scammers target international residents

Amsterdam’s international community is warned to be cautious of impersonators of government officials due to an increase in visa scams throughout the Netherlands. Reports have been made in which citizens were threatened with deportation or jail time unless they made payments via bank transfers.

The scammers are reported to have detailed information such as passport numbers and email addresses.

Protect yourself from visa scammers by being extra vigilant of fraudulent communications. If you have any doubts regarding the authenticity of a phone call or email you have received, do not hesitate to contact the IND, and in the case of a scam report it to the police.