INDIAN EMBASSY PHONE NUMBER IN BERLIN USED FOR EXTORTION
NEW DELHI: A telephone number of t he I ndian embassy in Germany has been ‘hacked’ by scamsters who are using the line to threaten several Indians living in the country into coughing up a hefty amount if they wish to avoid legal hassles or, in some cases, deportation.
After being contacted by several worried nationals, the embassy officials lodged an official complaint with the German foreign office and the Berlin police. The embassy has warned citizens in an advisory to report any such call either to the mission or to the local police. Few calls were received from a number used by the Germany’s interior ministry, the equivalent of a home ministry.
The Indian embassy in Berlin and the consulate in Frankfurt did not respond to a questionnaire emailed by HT.
Germany has around 1,10,000 people of Indian origin with 43,175 of them holding Indian passports.
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