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Old 06-02-2013, 12:07 PM
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60 minutes story on African scammers

Did anyone with an African partner see the 60 minutes story tonight on the African scammers called 'scamming the scammers'. Although this story was not about the romance scammers (this time though they have done many in the past) do u think this affects how Diac sees African Aussie relationships. Also does it affect people u know and how they think about u and ur African partner. What have people said to you and how have u reacted.

The story was about mainly Nigerians as usual with some Liberians thrown in as well. Thank goodness no Ghanians though I know quite a few in Malaysia and Cambodia from my time living amongst them, (prior to my current partner) who are openly scamming both for business and 'romance scams'

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I'm sure stories like this inspire prejudice in typical Aussies (as it would in the people of most countries) but I'm sure the DIAC knows far more about the topic than 60 minutes. So, while I'm sure they're cautious because they know this type of scamming exists, I'm sure that a 60 minutes report does not influence the DIAC in how they process applications.

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I'm not sure if it would affect how DIAC sees the relationship, I would hope DIAC would look at the evidence. As well as you would hope with any other nationalities or religions that make it into the news as well.

I think that there will always be one person who thinks that the aussie is being taken advantage of and thinks that they know everything. Even though I was originally going to live in my partner's country and then we decided Australia would be better for kids I had a friend that said that he only loved me because I was aussie and only wanted to marry me for a visa!

I am not sure about you, but all I want is people to be supportive, regardless of if they agree or not.

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I think again we have the age-old problem where a minority of people who abuse the system spoil it for genuine people. As these scams become more and more complicated it must be a nightmare for the DIAC to police them.

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I think it may have a minor impression for people to think that way.
Back in malaysia, it has been well known that nigerian scam issues has been widely practice here. It even came out in local newspaper saying that a nigerian guy who scam total of millions from our country and establish some sort of institution back home teaching you how to scam! The locals welcoming foreigners to come to do business or studying here but because of too many scams going around, people tend to stay away from African overall.
I think this is just a few bad apples in the basket and i think DIAC won't have such narrow mind just based on some cases to generalise all. Are they?

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I Think DIAC would be more concerned about whats happening in UK, France, Spain n other countries that had an open immigration policy once...This Nigerian scam thing has been around for God knows how long and people still get sucked in...


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Off topic slightly... but if you want to read some good stories of scamming the scammers, check out 419eater website. Some great stuff!

Regarding any prejudices, I know a few people that do/have worked in DIAC and they are pretty intelligent, open minded and bigoted people. But considering there are people that try to scam the system (apparently 70% of all visa applications from China are fraudulent), this would be a difficult thing to not influence your work.


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DIAC has seen and heard it All...So i guess this cannot really have a big impact on their decisions because they are already working with such cases.
But people in general it may have some change in the way they think of African partners.

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I got asked in my visa interview (in Malaysia) if I thought my Nigerian partner was trying to scam me, if he had or done anything or asked me for any money. So yes I think the Immigration department does think about this a lot, and possibly it does affect their decisions.

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