While there are many doing honest business in the visa and immigration industry, there are others indulging in covert practices.
False guarantees to make you part with your hard-earned money. Stealing, and often misusing, the private information supplied by you. These are some of the common ways in which you can be taken for a ride.
How to spot a scam/fake website?
Technological advancements have made it much easier for the scamsters to cover their tracks.
Nevertheless, some common red flags include –
The website offers “too good to be true” deals
Also, stay far away from those that promise (1) faster processing of your application, (2) high-paying jobs, (3) ‘guaranteed’ entry.
Keep in mind that the processing times vary greatly and depend upon the country as well as the kind of visa applied for.
Moreover, no one can ‘guarantee’ anything where it comes to immigration. It is the prerogative of the Government in question whether to grant your visa or to refuse it.
Being asked to pay for application forms and guides
Usually, the official websites provide free access to application forms and guides. The charges asked for by the official websites are for processing your application, and not for the form itself.
Looks official, but does not feel that way
Official websites are generally available in multiple languages. For example, while Government of Canada’s official website has a Français version, Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has language options of German, English, Türkçe, and ???????.
Also, the official websites will usually have the corresponding URL. Canada.ca or .gc.ca in Government of Canada websites, and .de in Germany’s official websites.
Asking for a deposit upfront
Often, a fraud or scam website will ask you to make a payment or deposit even before beginning the process.
Too many details about your financial and personal status are also asked for at the outset.
Contact Information Missing
Usually, if the website is a fraudulent one, there will be no contact information on the website. Or, if the information is given, no one is reachable.
Look for the Padlock
A good way to check the secureness of the website is by looking for the padlock right before the URL in the browser window. Even if the padlock is there, caution is needed. Still, it is always better to see a lock displayed there rather than none at all.
Reaching the website from an unsolicited email from a stranger
Be extra careful when you land on the website after being directed there by an unsolicited email from someone you do not know.
A red flag is raised high when you cannot find the representative’s or company’s credentials anywhere on the website.
Recently, countries such as Canada have announced crackdowns on fraudulent immigration consultants that take advantage of vulnerable people.
Always keep in mind that you are the one who stands to lose the most. Do take the time to research well. Taking time now will save many a regret later.
Y-Axis offers a wide range of visa and immigration services as well as products to the aspiring overseas immigrants including Y-International Resume 0-5 yrs, Y-International Resume (Senior Level) 5+ yrs, Y Jobs, Y-Path, Resume Marketing Services One State and One Country.
If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.
If you found this blog engaging, you may also like…