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Threatening new telephone scam targets expats and immigrants in Canada

by Ray Clancy on September 18, 2015

Expats and immigrants in Canada are being warned by officials of a new scam where fraudsters are calling people on the telephone claiming to be Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officers.

The scammers say they are calling to collect additional personal information and/or to seek payment for a fine that must be paid immediately to avoid deportation.

smartphoneThe fraudsters are working across Canada with the calls being received in all regions and they are particularly threatening, with attempts to scare individuals by quoting laws the individual supposedly violated and threatening them with warrants for arrest, jail, loss of immigration status and deportation if a fine is not paid.

In other cases, the victims were asked to confirm or provide additional personal information such as their date of birth, passport number, Social Insurance Number (SIN), landing date, credit card numbers or bank account information.

CIC has effective practices in place to protect the confidentiality of client information and a spokesman warned that CIC does not contact clients over the telephone for the purpose of collecting fines to avoid deportation, and CIC never asks for payments to be made by purchasing pre-paid credit cards or through a private money transfer service provider.

CIC officers encourage clients to pay their fees through their bank services or by using the payment option available on CIC’s website.

“If CIC clients have doubts about the legitimacy of a call, they are encouraged to ask for the name of the agent and then call the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at to confirm that the call is genuine,” the spokesman explained.

He also said that anyone who receives a threatening call should hang up immediately, contact their local police, and report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by telephone through their website or by email.

The Royal Mounted Canadian Police also has information on scams on its website along with how to report deceptive telephone calls and what to do if personal or financial information has been unwittingly provided to s suspicious caller.

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