BEIRUT: General Security warned Lebanese citizens Friday not to fall victim to a ring involved in forging Schengen visas, noting that the agency had earlier this week arrested one of its members.
General Security said in a statement it arrested Thursday a Syrian man suspected of forming a network with the aim of deceiving people into purchasing forged Schengen visas at a cost of $10,000 each. The Syrian suspect was identified by his initials L.J.
In the scam, according to the security apparatus, victims are tricked into traveling to an African state from where they are told they can then gain access to Europe using the forged document. However, once the traveler arrives in the African state, the ring member simply disappears, it added.
The statement did not specify which African state citizens are lured to.
A Schengen visa grants the holder access to any of all 28 European member states.