Scam Alert! Indians warned of fake ’embassy calls’

The Indian Embassy in Bahrain has issued a warning to its nationals to beware of fake callers claiming to be from the embassy following reports of fraudsters impersonating diplomats over the phone. Local authorities have been notified after the Embassy has received several complaints wherein Indian nationals are asked to pay outstanding fees or penalties to the Embassy.

When traced, the phone numbers of the fake callers appear to be the embassy number. This scam is called ‘phone spoofing’ wherein hackers cause the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a station other than the true originating station.

A number of middle and high-income Indians working in Bahrain received these calls.

Following this, the Indian embassy has issued an alert which urged its nationals to contact authorities if they have fallen victim to the scam saying:

Advisory on Spoofed Calls
The Embassy of India in Bahrain would like to advise members of the Indian community to remain vigilant about fraudsters duping Indian nationals residing abroad by impersonating as officials of Indian Missions and Posts, by spoofing the numbers of the diplomatic facilities. Recipients of such calls may inform the Indian Embassy immediately, with all relevant details at hoc.bahrain@mea.gov.in

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