Once you land in Canada, you may encounter some unique scams; since you are new to the country and do not know how companies or the government work, these scammers try to take advantage of this. If you know these malpractices, you will be safe from such activities and do not compromise any of your details.
Below are some of the common scams that newcomers to Canada face:
- Scammers posing as Government staff – These scammers may call and try to scare you by saying that you have done something wrong and will penalize you. They may threaten you by telling you your immigration status or be deported if you do not pay the penalty.
- Fake emails Scam – Another set of scammers may allow you to invest money or provide personal information about your banking accounts. Never click on the illegitimate links, and never you’re your personal information unless you know who you are giving it to.
- Fake computer virus Scam – You may receive a call or email saying that your computer or laptop has a virus, and they offer their service to remove the virus to acquire your passwords and other private information. If there is any computer/laptop virus, you must always take repair services at a professional shop or install anti-virus software from a trusted store.
- Fake prize scam – There is another scam; receiving a phone or SMS saying you won something without entering a contest would be a scam. They would ask for your details; therefore, do reply to such texts. If you keep receiving these texts, forward those texts to 7726 (SPAM on most keypads), allowing your service provider to block future texts from those numbers.
Things to remember about IRCC before applying for Canadian Immigration:
- IRCC will never call or reach you over the phone to collect fees or penalty fines on post-landing documentation.
- They will never be aggressive in their approach or threaten to arrest or deport you upon failing any step of the landing in Canada.
- They do not threaten to harm you or your family or your home or property.
- The IRCC officials will never ask for your personal information over the phone.
- The officials will never ask about your financial information over the phone, pay fees using prepaid credit cards or gift cards, or send police to arrest you for unpaid fees.
Things to do if you get a suspicious immigration call or taxes
- Always ask for the name of the person calling or employee ID, then hang up the call.
- Immediately, the IRCC Call Center to confirm whether the call was legitimate. If the call is not genuine, report the same to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
- By any chance, if you ever lose your money to a scam artist, report it to your local police.
- If you receive calls regarding your income taxes, you should always confirm the call by calling the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281,
- If the call was not legitimate, you should immediately file a complaint to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or your local police in case of lost money.
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