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IRCC Cautions New Immigrants From Scams & Fraudulent Activities

March is when IRCC commits to raising awareness among new entrants about various immigration fraud and scams.

Every year, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada or IRCC, take part in the Canadian government’s Fraud Protection Month in March to share critical information related to the fraudulent activities experienced by new entrants to Canada. It also informs them of ways to protect themselves.

It’s no secret that Canada’s immigration process is complex and challenging. As a result, prospective immigrants have to hire a professional to get help with the process. However, some of those professionals turn out to be unlicensed consultants posing as certified solicitors to exploit inexperienced foreign applicants.

In addition to this, new immigrants are also vulnerable to scams and fraud during their search for a job or a place to live. As a newcomer, you might come across several ads claiming to help you secure high-paying jobs or scholarships for education at top colleges and universities in Canada. However, such advertisements are mostly fraudulent to lure naive immigrants.

The best way to steer clear of scammers is to be prepared and informed. If you know about the red flags to detect a scammer, you can easily recognize, avoid, and report such fraudulent activities.

Let’s see what IRCC’s website has to say about the most common types of scams that new immigrants face;

  • Scammers posing as government officials often contact migrants to demand money if they want to keep their immigration status.
  • Similarly, immigrants also receive fake emails regarding profitable investment opportunities or requesting personal information like bank details.
  • You can also get fake emails or phone calls claiming that your computer has a virus, and they can remove it if you give them your computer passwords and personal details.
  • Newcomers also get texts claiming that they have won a prize in a contest they don’t remember entering.

How Can You Report Immigration Fraud?

According to IRCC, you can report immigration fraud to the Canada Border Services Agency’s Border Watch Toll-Free Line at 1-888-502-9060.

You are also advised to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre if you are a victim of an email, telephone, or internet scam in Canada.

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Canadian immigration.

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