Canada is renowned for being a welcoming place to newcomers of all backgrounds. In fact, it is one of the countries with the most diverse range of people and cultures, with every province and territory hosting people from various walks of life. You’ll never be at a loss to find people of similar heritage and history as you when you finally move to the great North, and the kindness of the Canadian people goes a long way.
Canada immigration consultants are often ready to assist you with your entire move process, as acquiring residency and the proper visas are much easier than in most western countries. There are visas given to many different people, with different ones like work, student, and other specialized visas for visiting. If you’ve been on the fast track and are about to enter Canada, it’s good to watch out for some malicious entities that reside in this otherwise great country. Here are some fraudulent activities that all Canadian newcomers should monitor:
Remember That Government Staff Have Proper Procedures to Follow
If you’ve spoken to your immigration consultant, they’ll likely tell you about fraudulent activities when it comes to people posing as government agents. What happens here is that you may receive calls from random numbers on your phone or landline. They might state that you have done your application wrong and must pay fees or face the consequences. You also might hear from these scammers that you’ll lose your immigration status and risk deportation if you do not pay the amount they state.
Remember that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will never use phone calls to collect fines or be aggressive and threaten deportation. If you hear an irritated voice tone because you aren’t giving in to what they want, you will know that this isn’t an actual CIC agent. These agents are trained to deal with face-to-face interactions or through official written communication for records purposes. If there are any payments that you have missed, the Canadian government will typically send a physical letter or an email to your listed email address. Check the email address that has sent the request, as some fraudulent emails are also sent from time to time.
If it seems suspicious, hang up and call CIC immediately to ensure that what you’ve just heard is true. Even if you hang up, you’ll likely get a real response from an actual agent who can confirm if it was the CIC calling. Once you confirm that the call is fraudulent, report the number to the local Anti-Fraud Centre.
Emails can be a bit harder to trace, as online scammers and phishers are much more effective at crafting scam emails now more than ever. The easiest way to cross-reference is to look at the Canadian government’s website for listed email addresses, as the government only uses a set of valid accounts to send out confidential emails. Remember that the government’s messages will never ask for personal information like credit card numbers and passwords to various accounts.
If you ever get a suspicious email saying that you’re missing payments or have statements overdue which require instant action, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for them to crack down on these entities. It might seem like a knee-jerk reaction to respond to these payment requirement notifications because of the fears surrounding being in a new country. Still, the truth is that no government agency would ever ask for payment over unofficial channels. Always check the sender ID and run a cross-reference with other legitimate emails you’re received.
Always cross-reference regarding any requests that “government agents” send your way, as most of the time, they’re scammers preying on those new to Canadian soil. It’s easy to get sucked in, but if you’re ever in doubt, contact your immigration consultant instantly to see if what you’re dealing with is real.
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