Friday, August 26, 2016

Telephone Scam: Caller pretends to be a police or immigration officer


If you received a telephone call from someone claiming to be an Immigration Officer, remember these tips from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Telephone Scam: Caller pretends to be a police or immigration officer

To avoid telephone scams, remember that IRCC does not:
  • collect money or payments by phone or prepaid credit cards or through a private money transfer service provider (e.g. Pay Pal or MoneyGram). See how to pay your fees to find out how IRCC collects payments.
  • ask you to confirm basic personal information you already provided on a form.
In some telephone scams, the caller pretends to be a police or immigration officer and tells you that you broke the law. It is probably a scam or a phishing scheme if:
  • you have to pay money, or
  • you need to give personal information (date of birth, passport number, bank account or credit card information, etc.), or 
  • you are told you will be arrested, go to jail, lose your visa or status, be deported, or have your account suspended if you don’t pay or give your personal information.
Be aware: Scammers often give a fake name and agent number to appear legitimate. If you think the caller is a scammer:
  • ask for the name and number of the agent, and 
  • call the Call Centre to confirm the agent’s identity.
If you received a suspicious call, hang up immediately and:
  • call your local police if you lost money.
Read more about online scams.


DISCLAIMER
Information posted here at www.gatewaytocanada.com is not a legal advise. The author of this blog is not a Registered Immigration Consultant or an Immigration Lawyer.  Information about Canadian Visa Application is available for free at http://cic.gc.ca. If you want to hire a representative for your Canada Visa Application, please be informed that only Registered Immigration Consultants and Lawyers who are member and with good standing with Canadian Law Society, can represent you for a fee.