Canadian Immigration Fraud

Immigration is a process that every Canadian immigrant has to undergo, but it could be considerably more of a struggle if you were scammed.

If you’re planning on visiting or living in Canada, it’s important to be aware of the various fraudulent activities that may try and take advantage of you.

There are several common ways that Canadian immigration fraud comes to your notice. They may contact aspiring immigrants or Canadian immigrants through email, phone calls, or social media messages, claiming to be from recognized Canadian government agencies experienced in immigration matters. They may ask for crucial details; such as bank account details and hence your dream to immigrate to Canada is on the ropes.

Here are a few unconventional tips or practices to avoid being a victim of Canada Immigration Fraud

1. Double check about the consultant

Before applying for a visa or refugee status in Canada, ensure you have all the facts about the process or also know the person whom you are dealing with. Check out their website or speak to an immigration lawyer to get the truest knowledge. Check if it is RCIC regulated. Verify on ICCRC’s official website to check them on the ICCRC’s register.

2. Don’t advance anything up-front

Never pay any money to someone you believe is helping you with your Canada immigration application unless the help is from legitimate agents or representatives. Fraudsters’ ultimate aim is to get money in advance through unsuitable platforms like Instagram, and WhatsApp. 

3. Be suspicious of unsolicited calls or emails

If you receive an unsolicited call or email asking you to make a payment or provide personal information, be suspicious about an immigration scam and report it to your nearest Canadian police station.

4. Don’t give out your personal information online

Don’t share your personal information – such as your passport photograph – on websites that promise to help you with your Canada immigration application. Fraud consultants can use this information to identify and target you later. Be sure while providing sensitive information like bank details, certificates of funds, and more.

5. Keep Family and friends Informed  

Make sure your family and friends know that you are planning to apply for a visa or refugee status in Canada and that you will likely be away for some.

It is important to keep in mind that not all immigration consultants are legitimate. Do your research before choosing the right consultant for your successful immigration dream. Make sure that the consultant has the experience, and expertise and offers quality-driven assistance to its customers

Finally, remember that it is your responsibility to protect yourself and others from Canadian Immigration Fraud.