The following has been recently published on the Department of Home Affairs’ public website.
Beware of phone and internet scams impersonating Home Affairs
Be aware of scammers who impersonate the Department of Home Affairs by phoning on our behalf or copying one of our websites.
We are aware of a current scam where people are receiving a phone call with an automated voice claiming to be from the Department of Home Affairs. The voice tells them that ‘a warrant is out for their arrest.’ This is a scam. We have referred this scam to relevant agencies.
What you should do: Hang up and report the call to ACCC Scamwatch. You should never give out personal details to a scammer.
Protect yourself from scammers
Make sure you always check that any government website link contains ‘.gov.au’ at the end. You should only provide financial and identity information such as passport details on secure websites.