Beware of Immigration Fraud – Internet, Email and Telephone Scams

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

March is Fraud Prevention Month. We will post a series of articles helping you find out how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of immigration fraud. Today, let’s take a look at how to identify fake websites, emails and telephone calls.

Who can decide to issue you a visa?

Only immigration officers from one of the four below can decide whether to issue a visa:

  • in Canada
  • at Canadian embassies
  • at Canadian consulates
  • at Canadian high commissions
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) employees will
  • NEVER ask you to deposit money into a personal bank account
  • NEVER ask you for any sort of payment by telephone
  • NEVER ask you to transfer money through private money transfer service
  • NEVER threaten you
  • NEVER offer special deals to people who want to immigrate or
  • NEVER use free email services, such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo Mail to contact you
  • NEVER send you an email asking for your personal information.
  • NEVER issue visas by email
An email is scam if
  • it’s sent from a free Web mail address (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.), instead of the “” or  “” email account.
  • The message in the email is an image instead of text.
  • If it asks for your personal information.

Identify fake websites

Telephone scams

  • If you get a suspicious call, hang up right away and contact your local police to report it. You may also contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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