Beware of Immigration Fraud – Common Scams Aimed at Newcomers

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

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.
Fake emails
  • 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.

Watch our Smart Tip video to learn about other common types of scams targeting newcomers:

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