Immigration Fraud and Identity Theft:
How to spot the fakes and stay safe!
Immigration fraud and identity theft are serious issues that can result in significant financial loss and other complications. To protect yourself from these scams, it’s important to know how to spot the fakes and stay safe.
To confirm the legitimacy of a genuine RCIC, check their registration with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) https://college-ic.ca/
Top 10 Tricks used by identity thieves –
Tips on how to protect yourself:
1. Be cautious of companies offering jobs with high salaries that seem too good to be true. They may be recruiting for low wage or ordinary jobs and promising fast visa approvals within weeks for you and your family to come to Canada.
2. Be wary of social media ads that offer jobs and quick visa approvals at high wages. These ads may lead you into a chat, and then the scammers will move you off to WhatsApp or email to close the deal and take your money.
3. Be suspicious of agents who ask you no qualifying questions, no language tests or education requirements, and promise that everyone gets approved.
4. Do not trust agents who send you photos of their passport data page and CICC license to establish trust, as it is illegal, and no legitimate RCIC consultant would ever do so.
5. Watch out for scammers who reverse the name of the consultant or their company name, show last name first, first name last, and use emails with the reversed name @gmail.com.
6. Be cautious if the phone numbers given by the agent are different from those listed on the RCIC’s website or CICC verification page.
7. Be wary of fake job offer letters and work permits. To get a work permit, you need to have a job offer from a Canadian employer, and the employer needs to apply to Service Canada to get an LMIA. If you’re unsure about the validity of a job offer, you can contact both the employer and Service Canada directly to confirm it.
8. Be cautious of low-priced immigration services, as they may be illegal agents not authorized to represent you to CIC, and the quality of their service may be low.
9. Research the company thoroughly before engaging their services. Check their registration with the CICC, ask for references from previous clients, and verify their business details. You can also check their online reviews and social media presence to see what others are saying about their services.
10. Verify the identity of a genuine RCIC by checking their profile on the CICC website. They should have a unique identification number, and you can cross-check it with the CICC’s database to ensure their authenticity. You can also verify their identity through their own company or consultant’s website, which should have the same email and phone number as listed on the CICC website.
Remember, always be vigilant, cautious, and do your research before engaging with an immigration service. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Protect yourself from identity theft and other online scams by verifying the legitimacy of the company and the agent representing you. If you’re unsure, contact the regulatory body CICC at https://college-ic.ca/
Internet Integrity Officer
Tony M. Ramjewan joins us in the role of Internet Integrity Officer – Social Media, where he helps us prevent identity theft and fraud involving unauthorized agents posing as our company and our consultants, who defraud immigration consumers by offering fake visas for non-existent programs.
Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, he ran his own hospitality enterprise for many years, and was responsible for promotions and internet security in a Telecommunications firm travelling extensively throughout the Caribbean region.
Tony makes his home in Toronto when he is not with family in Trinidad. Tony is a talented chef and volunteers his time helping a children’s orphanage. His investigative skills and internet savvy makes him a welcome addition to our firm in this critical role.