Newly immigrated to Canada? Be cautious of certain scams that specifically target newcomers to Canada.
Many are duped by scammers that take advantage of the fact that the newcomers do not generally have an understanding of the way that the government in Canada – both federal as well as at the provincial level – works.
Such newcomers also usually lack clarity as to the functioning of the various companies in Canada.
Here, we shall see 4 common scams that are specifically targeted at newcomers to Canada. These are –
Anyone posing as a Canadian government official on the telephone
In this kind of a scam, an individual posing as a Government of Canada staff would call people that had newly immigrated to Canada. Then, the caller on the telephone would proceed to scare the new immigrant by saying that they owed certain fees to the Canadian government as they had done something wrong, such as not filing the required proper paperwork.
Imposters might also threaten the newcomer to Canada with the loss of their immigration status or deportation if the fees is not paid right away. At times, people have also received threats towards their home or family.
Emails asking for personal information or passwords connected to banking accounts are usually scams. Emails might also be sent convincing the recipient to invest money.
It must be kept in mind that a legitimate investor will not send out bulk emails of this kind.
In such situations, neither should any links be clicked nor any information given. The identity of the sender must be verified in case of any doubts as to the origin of the email.
Fake computer virus
In such scams, an individual is contacted via phone or email and informed that their computer had been infected with a virus. The sender of the email or the caller will then offer to remove the virus, trying to get computer passwords and other personal information in the process.
Always get your computer fixed at a professional shop. Anti-virus software bought from a trusted store can also be installed.
Do keep in mind that computer access must never be given to anyone offering unsolicited remote assistance.
In such scams, a person will be sent either a text message or phone call informing them that they had won something. However, the individual had never entered any contest.
Never supply any personal information that might be asked by directing to a form that must be filled.
Do not reply if the text asks you to reply with a ‘NO’ or ‘STOP’ in order to prevent getting any further communication.
While more vulnerable owing to their newly acquired immigrant status in Canada, there is no reason that a newcomer should fall easy prey to such scammers. Exercising due caution goes a long way. Be vigilant. Be careful.
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