By 3 News online staff
A new scam has seen mostly Indian nationals receiving phone calls telling them there are problems with their visas.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) says it has been told of an increasing number of the calls in which the victims are told there are issues with their visa or arrival card information and demand a sum of money.
The scammers want the money transferred into a Western Union account or they will face serious consequences including deportation.
INZ says the calls have been made using numbers which show up as the Immigration Contact Centre (09 914 4100), but with a slight variation on the digits.
The phone calls are not from INZ, and people are being warned not to pay the money and instead report the call to police.
INZ says it will never demand payment over the phone.