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Canadian Immigration Fraud: An Example

Do you know: how to spot Canadian Immigration fraud if you see it? Well the Canadim Team wants to help you. Here is an example of a fraudulent email sent to unsuspecting overseas workers who were looking for employment in Canada. We get emails from people victimized by scams everyday so PLEASE be vigilant and know who to trust.

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The email has many telltale signs of Canadian Immigration fraud but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, they can be difficult to find. So let’s go over a few easy examples of how we know it’s a scam:

1) Canadian Immigration Fraud - Email Address:

Firstly, always look at the email address that the message was sent from. Is the @example.com the name of the company? It would be very unusual for a company to use an @outlook.com email address or even an @gmail.com email address for professional recruitment. At Canadim, Attorney Renaud Dery’s email address for instance is attorney@canadim.com which is much more reputable than @outlook.com.

2) Canadian Immigration Fraud - Does it Look Professional?

If you don’t have a strong proficiency in English, this can be a difficult assessment to make. However there are ways to tell, regardless of your language proficiency:

  • There is no official company letterhead on the email. This doesn’t necessarily have to be there but it is a good sign the email offer is more genuine as it will contain contact information for the company.
  • Multiple spelling, grammar and formatting mistakes are a sure sign that the offer is a fake. I have highlighted some of these in red and you can tell the first sentence of the email doesn’t even make sense.

3) Canadian Immigration Fraud - Contact Information:

Are they using a different email address to send the message than they are for you to respond like in this email? This alone is not necessarily a bad thing, but it isn’t a good sign either. Often, when a scam is discovered and reported to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre one of the only things they can do, if the fraud occurs outside Canada’s borders, is to deactivate the email address.

Keep in mind, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can really only take action on events that occur within Canada. Working with representatives outside the borders of Canada should be considered high risk. The reason why is because these representatives are not necessarily bound by the same ethical and legal obligations as representatives in Canada.

Who is writing this email? We don’t even have their full name. We don’t have their contact information. Most professional emails always have a signature which includes details on how to contact them, apart from their email alone.

There isn't even a website of the hotel company on the message. Apart from the numerous grammatical errors, this is the best way to figure out if this email is a scam. Why would the company not include their website in this message? Every email and even social media post that comes from my firm has at least our website URL.

Canadian Immigration Attorney Renaud Dery

We have written about how to spot an immigration scam in the past and I invite you to read that too for more tips on how not to be a victim.

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The Canadim Team!

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