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3 Scams that every Canadian Immigrant Must Be Aware of

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Canada is a welcoming nation and the different communities that inhabit this country live in harmony. However, there are still a lot of immigration scams operating in a country like Canada that targets newcomers. If you are a newcomer, you should get familiar with these immigration scams in Canada.

Tax Fraud Scams

One of the most common scams that target Canadian immigrants is tax fraud. These immigration scammers typically call or text their target victims to inform them that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is looking into them for tax fraud. They next ask their immigrant victim for private information such as their social security number or date of birth. They also might request a money transfer using internet banking. Remembering that the CRA normally approaches people by phone and that they never ask for private details or banking info over the phone will help you avoid falling victim to such tax fraud schemes.

Refund Scams

Because they seem less threatening, refund scams differ from tax fraud scams. Scammers often telephone or email their victims to let them know they qualify for a government benefit refund. Usually, some people who fall for these immigration scams are requested for their bank account information in order to accept the return cash. Once the fraudster has your bank info, they may use it illegally in the future to claim money from you. Always remember that the Canadian Government never asks for private bank information through phone or email, you can avoid falling for these refund scams.

Immigration Scams

Additionally, those pretending as Canadian immigration officers may call new immigrants. These Canadian immigration scammers claim that their victims have unintentionally breached the law and that they must pay a fine to get out of jail or get deported. Typically, they demand that the victim use prepaid credit cards or a private payment processing service to pay the fine over the phone. By getting the caller’s name and then getting in touch with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s official call center, one can determine whether a call is coming from an official immigration officer or not. The IRCC will then let you know if the call was genuine or fraudulent.


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