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- These are fake offers that provide “quick and easy” ways to immigrate.
- They take advantage of people who are eager to come to Canada.
- They can look genuine.
- They want to trick you to get money.
Examples of scams:
Nomination from the “Canada Immigration and Resettlement Bureau”
How it is done:
- A person receives an email about the “Canada Resettlement Provincial Nomination Program”.
- It will say that the person is a “nominee”. It will also say that he has been chosen to settle in Canada.
- The email is from the Canada Immigration and Settlement Bureau. This office does not exist.
- It is signed by a program coordinator. (See a copy here: Scam Warners.com).
- It will look like it is from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (formerly CIC).
- It has a nomination code and ends with a “Legal Notice”.
- It targets applicants of the Provincial Nominee Program.
- It will not ask for money or personal information at first.
- It will ask you to email back.
- They will try to get your trust. They will get your information. Later they may ask for money.
Fake job/scholarship offers
- This scam has many types.
- They can be advertisements. You will find them on the internet or print.
- It will say: “Guaranteed visas and jobs in Canada”.
- Some look for workers. For example, teachers, cleaners or sales people. They promise a big salary.
- They can offer study visas and scholarships.
- Some offer a job. It will say that they are a Canadian company. Examples are Orange Farm, Flourish Hotel, Cathy Ranch and Farm in Quebec.
- Some send emails that guarantee work visa. They will ask for a big “processing fee”.
- Nobody can guarantee a visa or job in Canada.
- The Canadian government has no agreements with a private agency to give jobs or visas.
- Real employers will not ask for money in exchange for a job.
- Watch out for requests for payment of visa or placement fees. Do not agree to send money to a personal account.
- Check if the company is real before you deal with them.
Immigration agency “guaranteed visa”
- Travel agencies or “immigration representatives” offer to handle your application.
- They will ask for a large fee. They will say your visa is guaranteed.
- There are agencies and representatives that are authorized. But they don’t guarantee anything.
- You don’t need a representative to apply.
- Red flags to watch out for:
- Guaranteed visa.
- Guaranteed quick processing time.
- High processing fees. They charge higher than Canadian visa offices.
- The lawyer or immigration consultant is not a member of professional organizations.
- No updates are given after payment is made.
What you should watch out for:
- Wrong grammar and spelling on the letter, ad or email.
- The email does not address you by name.
- The website or email address not similar with the company/agency name.
- The company’s email and website end in .com. The email and website address of government agencies in Canada end in gc.ca or .ca.
- The name of the organization is different or familiar. But not exactly the name of the government agency.
- The offer is too good to be true.
- Everything is guaranteed.
- It will sound urgent. For example, Act now, this is a limited offer! or Respond immediately as the deadline is closing.
- It will ask for personal information like date of birth, passwords, and credit card information.
How to protect yourself:
- Research and learn about Canada’s immigration streams. Read 11 ways to immigrate to Canada and Applying for immigration in 7 steps.
- Never trust blindly. Go to the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada site to check information.
- Do not share personal or financial information online.
- Don’t open emails from people or organizations you don’t know.
- Don’t click links from unfamiliar emails.
- You don’t need a representative to apply for immigration.
- All application forms are free: forms and guides. They are easy to fill-out.
- You can have a representative if you need one.
- Go to Use of representatives before hiring one.
- Search the immigration company on the internet. Check if they are authorized.
- Read immigration online forums. Some victims of immigration scams post their experience to warn others.
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