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Scammers pose as employees from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and use this position of authority to manipulate and extort newcomers into paying fees or for services.

Means of contact

  • Phone
Description of fraud
You receive a call claiming to be from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. They advise that there's outstanding paperwork that needs to be filed, that you've failed to complete documents, or they're offering services for fees.

Tactics used
  • Threatens deportation, loss of passport and/or citizenship
  • Extorts money 
  • Requires immediate payment by wire, prepaid gift card, or bitcoin
  • Provides access to a website that charges fees for filing or promising to speed up the process
Additional information
Similar scams targeting pensioners also promise help or access to benefits or promise to invest money to increase your pension.

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