March is Fraud Prevention Month.
We are posting 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 common scams aimed at newcomers.
Scammers posing as Canadian government officials
- Scammers pretending to be an official may call you and accuse you of doing something wrong, e.g. owing tax, involved in criminal activities,
- Scammers often threaten that if you don’t wire them money, you will lose your immigration status or be arrested or deported
- If you identify such scams, you should report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Scammers posing as staff working at a consulate or embassy
- You may receive phone calls or text messages in your own language.
- Scammers often pose as staff working at a consulate or embassy of your home country in Canada.
- Scammers may trick you into believing your family back home is in trouble or someone in your family is seriously sick, then ask you to transfer money.
- If you receive such phone calls/texts, call the official phone of the consulate, or contact your family back home to verify the information.
- You may get an email trying to trick you into believing you are offered a well-paid job you didn’t apply for or clicking on a link to reset your password for your bank account, etc.
- If you get this kind of email, be vigilant and don’t click on any links, images, or give any information about yourself.
Word of the Day:Vigilant: watchful, sharp-eyed, watching out for possible danger
* Information in this article is taken from the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC): https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/protect-fraud/newcomers.html