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Phone Scams Target Immigrants

Moving to a new country is a big step. For many people, it is the most ambitious, complicated thing they will do in their entire life.

Unfortunately, some unscrupulous individuals prey upon people transitioning to a new life in Canada. They hope to take advantage of immigrants who are vulnerable and eager to quickly comply with all requests made by immigration authorities. If you are a recent immigrant, or you plan to relocate to Canada, you should be aware of phone scams that target foreign nationals living in Canada.

According to a CBC News report, one woman – an immigrant from Mexico who has lived in Canada since 2002 – was recently contacted by a person claiming to be from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. On the phone, the person told her she owed a $2,500 fine for neglecting to file required paperwork. The person claimed she had to pay immediately or risk being removed from Canada.

Although the woman was skeptical, she was also nervous, as her phone’s caller ID display showed the call was from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The person on the call also gave her a badge number and offered to let her speak to a supervisor.

Fortunately, the woman was able to use her mobile phone to call Citizenship and Immigration while still on the line with the fraudulent caller. The real Citizenship and Immigration Canada verified she did not owe a fine and that all her documents were in order.

Be Wary of Scams

If you are an immigrant living in Canada, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from fraud. According to Toronto police and immigration officials, immigration authorities never accept payments for fines over the phone. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, do not agree to anything. Instead, contact immigration authorities directly to confirm the details of your case.

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