IN­DIAN EM­BASSY PHONE NUM­BER IN BER­LIN USED FOR EXTORTION

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Jayanth Ja­cob jayanth.ja­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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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