Citizenship and Immigration Canada is right now warning against e-mail and internet scams. Don’t be the victim of a scam, if it sounds to good to be true , it probably is. The results of these scams can inclued, identity theft, fraud, theft from your bank account or credit card, and computer viruses.
Remember, no one can guarantee you a job or a visa to Canada, only authorized officers at Canadian Embassies, high commissions and consulates can decide whether or not to issue a visa. Processing fees are the same at all Canadian visa offices around the world.
Fees in local currency are based on official exchange rates and correspond to the amount in Canadian dollars. Fees for Canadian government services are usually paid to the “Receiver General of Canada,” unless the visa office website specifies something different.
Canadian visa offices will never ask you to deposit money into an individual’s personal bank account, ask you to transfer money through a specific private money transfer company, or use e-mail services such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail.
Nobody should be charging you for application forms and guides, you will find all forms and guides on the CIC website. Be careful if the salary of the job you’re applying for seems unbelievably high.
There are also warnings right now on the CIC website in regards to fake websites and other Internet scams, it is easy for criminals to copy a real website or build one that looks professional.
Websites may claim to be official Government of Canada sites or affiliated with the Government of Canada. Others make claims to offer special immigratin deals or guaranteed high-paying jobs to trick people into paying them money.
Some of these sites may try to get you to provide private information that could be used to steal your identity. Things to watch out for is CIC’s website address is www.cic.gc.ca. Remember, if even one character is different, that means it’s a different website. All Government of Canada websites end in “gc.ca” (for example is www.canadainternational.gc.ca).
Pay special attention to websites that claims to be for an immigration organization offering special deals to potential immigrants, be careful.
Do not pay for offers of guranteed entry into Canada or faster processing of your application, these claims are false. Check the address in your browser’s address bar after you arrive at a website to make sure it matches the address you typed.
Never ever enter private information unless there is a padlock in the browser window or “https:.//” at the beginning of the Web address to show it is secure, (and even then I personally would not put in my private information). Make sure your browser is up to date. Browser filters can help detect fake websites.
Be wary of websites advertised in unsolicited e-mails from strangers, don’t give out personal information unless you are sure you know who you are dealing with, if in doubt contact the website owner directly by telephone or e-mail before doing anything.
Find out more about who can legally represent you if you choose to hire an Immigration Consultant.
Some people have received e-mails that appear to be from CIC and that offer special immigration deals in exchange for personal information. CIC will never send you an email asking for private information. If you get this kind of e-mail, do not click on any links or provide any information about yourself.
If you have any doubts, contact the local Canadian Embassy, consulate or high commission directly.
There are some illegal websites requesting for your personal information such as date of birth, password, or bank details and guaranteeing you a visa to Canada, this is false, Citizenship and Immigration Canada does not and never will issue visas by email. From IRCC web site
For any questions and concerns about any issues or matters on immigration, including foreign workers, International Students and temporary resident visa (tourist visas), renewal of permanent resident card, citizenship, Federal, Quebec & Provincial Immigration Programs, Quebec Experience Program and more. Do not hesitate to contact our office, we are here to answer your questions.