19 Aug 2011

NZ Immgration warns of Tonga visa scam

3:16 pm on 19 August 2011

Immigration New Zealand is urging Tongan nationals to be wary of a scam involving the sale of fake visas.

The Service says it has been alerted to visas being sold to Tongan nationals at a cost of 237 US dollars each.

Immigration New Zealand's Manager Fraud and Compliance, Peter Elms, says if anyone has information or is approached by people trying to sell visas, they should either contact the Service or the police.

Mr Elms says Immigration New Zealand is the only authority which can issue visas.

"Any sale of purported visas is illegal and that Immigration New Zealand takes that very seriously and where necessary will work with the police to bring those people to justice."

Immigration New Zealand's Manager Fraud and Compliance, Peter Elms.

This latest scam comes just three weeks after Aucklander, Gerard Otimi, was jailed for selling a stamp and a certificate to overstayers that he said allowed them to be part of his hapu and to stay in New Zealand.