Warning! Telephone Scam Targeting Newcomers! In Regina!
A Regina immigrant newcomer recently received a phone call from a person claiming to be a police officer, calling in relation to CIC immigration.
An ESL student, he had a hard time understanding the conversation, so asked for help from his LINC teacher (Language Instruction for Newcomers).
The “police officer” transferred the call to someone who claimed to work for CIC immigration.
This person was not asking for any personal information from the student but he was claiming that the student had an immigration form, (Bill C-24) that needed to be updated.
He wanted the student to pay a processing fee of $2000.00 to update the form.
He asked that the student go to the closest government office, (which he claimed to be Best Buy or Walmart) and buy a “government card” for $2000.00 and then tell the person on the phone the “government card” number.
The man was urgent on the phone and said that the student needed to go pay the processing fee immediately, and once he did the police officer would visit his house to help him fill out the form.
This was an obvious scam, and a good reminder that newcomers need to be informed about telephone and email scams!
A short government article regarding scams similar to this one is attached below:
Notice – Telephone Scam Warning (CIC is now called IRCC - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).
Ottawa, June 30, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is receiving an increasing number of reports of a cross-Canada telephone scam. CIC is warning the public of fraudulent telephone calls in which the caller identifies themselves as a CIC officer calling to collect additional personal information and/or to ask that a fine be paid immediately to avoid deportation.
In the most recent telephone scams, the caller has been attempting to scare individuals by quoting laws the individual supposedly violated and threatening them with warrants for arrest, jail time, 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. 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 Web site.
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 1-888-242-2100 to confirm that the call is genuine.
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 at 1-888-495-8501, through their Web site or by email.
For more information on scams, to report deceptive telephone calls, or if personal or financial information has been unwittingly provided, please visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Web page.
CIC also provides tips on its Web site on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.