Canada warns would-be immigrants to beware of scams


The Embassy of Canada
in the Philippines has issued a warning against people pretending to be their
staff, and offer help to those applying to study, work, visit or immigrate to Canada.

According to the
advisory posted on the Facebook page of the Department of Migrant Workers, Embassy
employees will never do the following:

• Ask applicants to deposit
money into a personal bank account or transfer money through private money
transfer services;

• Ask for fees more
than what is published on the Embassy’s official website;

• Threaten applicants.

• Offer special deals
to people who want to immigrate;

• Contact them through
means other than your IRCC portal or IRCC secure (GCKey) account;

• Use free email
services, such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo Mail to contact applicants, meaning
all communications should come from the Embassy’s official email address.


The Canadian
government’s website issued a warning in particular about a telephone scam
targeting international students in the country. “
We will never ask you for any sort of payment by telephone,”
said the advisory.

People who manage to get the contact details of
visa applicants are said to gain access through identity theft, fraud, theft
from bank accounts or credit cards, and computer viruses.

Remember, said Canadian authorities:

  • No one can guarantee you a job or a visa to Canada, or offer you faster processing of your application
  • Only immigration officers in Canada, at Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates can decide to issue a visa.
  • Processing fees are the same
    for all their services, in Canada and around the world.
    • Fees in local currencies are
      based on official exchange rates.
    • They’re the same amount as
      fees in Canadian dollars.
  • We’ll ask you to pay fees for
    Canadian government services to the “Receiver General for Canada,” unless
    we state something different on a visa office website.
  • You’ll find free application forms and guides for
    all our services on our website.
  • Be careful if the salary of a
    job you are applying for seems too high to be real.

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