Beware of this scam!
A special alert - directed at Goans
TGF - July 20,
In December 1961, India invaded the former
Portuguese territories of Goa, Damao e Diu and annexed them. As
the citizens of these territories did not have the benefit of
having received independence from Portugal, they were accorded the
right to reaffirm/apply for their Portuguese nationality for up to
It all appeared quite uncomplicated for many
post 1961 years. A number of Goans who were more comfortable with
the Portuguese language, culture, music, education and way of
life, left Goa with a heavy heart and migrated to Portugal.
The interest in obtaining Portuguese
nationality increased significantly after 1986 when Portugal
became a member of the European Union. With easy access to the
European opportunities market, many more Goans applied and
migrated to Portugal and from there on to other parts of
This avenue did not go unnoticed by those
from other parts of India who were trying very hard to get to
Europe by any means. These individuals or their agents went to the
cemeteries, noted down the names of deceased Goans and stole their
identity with the help of corrupt Indian officials in Goa who
issued them with bogus birth certificates for a fee.
Some of these crooks even stole the
identities of living Goans.
It is quite understandable that officials in
Portugal would find it difficult to sift out real Goans from the
fake ones. The Portuguese would also find it impossible to decide
which of the applicants was actually from Damao & Diu and not from
the neighbouring Indian State of Gujarat.
The sad fact is that these bogus "Goans"
were allowed to slip through the vetting process and enter Europe.
A well known Goan journalist noted that 'a lucrative racket
enables bogus applicants to assume identities of deceased Goans to
apply for Portuguese citizenship'
The problem was exacerbated by the major
influx of Indians from other States into Goa. A number of these
individuals have changed their names into Goan sounding names by
way of affidavit.
Because of the uncertainty of the veracity
of the birth certificates, Portugal just slowed down the
processing of all applications for Portuguese nationality from Goa.
This resulted in genuine Goan applicants being affected. 
This inordinate delay opened the door for
two types of scam artists: the so called 'passport consultants'
and the forgers.
The "passport consultants" promise to do the
work directly in Lisbon for a fee of several thousand US dollars,
payable in advance. What happens when the funds are paid, is
anyone's guess. TGF believes that only a fool will give his funds
to a total stranger.
A relatively new and blatantly operated scam
has been reported from London. From the sound track which
accompanies the video, it appears that a set of North Indians are
specialising in all kinds of forged documents including Portuguese
passports. (Contains BBC video
TGF advises Goans NOT to take these shady
routes. It is our submission that there is no guarantee that any
document received from these "passport consultants" will be
genuine. Being found to be in possession of fake documents will be
more than a minor inconvenience especially at border control posts
anywhere in the world.
TGF recommends that Goans in Goa deal
directly with the Portuguese Consulate in Goa.
Goans traveling on Portuguese passports
should also be mentally prepared to be stopped at border control
posts and asked how they came to be in possession of a Portuguese
passport when they are born in Goa. Many border control agents
around the world are aware of Goa being a former Portuguese
colony, some are not.
The fact that European countries do NOT
trust Indian issued certificates should also be of concern to all
Goans who wish to travel for further training or work experience
July 20, 2008
At the moment, the
Conservatoria in Lisbon appears not to be processing any
applications from individuals NOT in possession of genuine
documentation issued to him/her by the pre-1961 Portuguese
Government in Goa. This process has apparently been placed in situ
to prevent applicants with forged documents
from subverting the system. From all indications, it does not
appear that the Conservatoria is likely to change this system any
Portuguese law is in their favour because they were invaded and
they did not have their say in the matter
: Free Movement of Workers and the Principle of Equal Treatment
: 'A huge international racket in granting Portuguese nationality
under a clause meant only for persons from Goa, Daman and Diu has
edged out genuine applicants from Goa' as per Eduardo Faleiro
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