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What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Made a Victim of Immigration Fraud

Unfortunately, the immigration sector sees its fair share of fraudulence and exploitation. As we’ve seen recently, impersonation and misrepresentation through the immigration process are not unheard of, and can have devastating effects on applicants and their families.

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If you are concerned that you have become a victim of immigration fraud, or are unsure if you are entering a fraudulent exchange, here are three things you can do to stay safe!

 

1) Verify the legitimacy of your source

If you are approached by an individual or group claiming to be an immigration representative, the first step is to verify their credentials. In Canada, only two people are legally authorized to represent you through the immigration process: immigration lawyers and consultants. While the two are very different, both an immigration lawyer and consultant will have an accessible way of checking their credentials.

Immigration lawyers have studied and successfully completed a post-secondary education in law. They will be able to prove their registry and good standing with a Canadian bar association. Immigration consultants will be registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and hold a seven-digit verification code that you can qualify on the ICCRC website.

2) Assess the way in which they contacted you

At Canadim, we will only contact clients or prospective clients through an authorized Canadim email account ending in @canadim.com. An easy way of getting in contact with individuals interested in Canadian immigration is through social media messaging, which is why it is a popular site for correspondence between fraudulent impersonators and real people.

If you are contacted without warning by an individual social media user claiming to be an immigration representative, make sure to verify their credentials. Canadim law firm will never message a user directly without previous contact, and never from a social media platform that is not our business profile or page.

3) Report it!

Reporting fraud is a critical step in keeping everyone safe. If you think you’ve been made a victim of immigration fraud, or are in a fraudulent situation, contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You can call the centre toll-free at 1-888-495-8501 or report online. Stop all communications with the individual, gather any communications you may have including text or WhatsApp messages, emails or social messages, and avoid making any major financial decisions until you have all the information you need.

The best way to protect yourself from immigration fraud is by learning how to identify and report it! Don’t jeopardize your immigration file by trusting the wrong representative.

 

If you want to know your options for Canadian immigration under the guidance of a Canadian lawyer, complete our free assessment! A member of our team will be in touch with you shortly to let you know more about your immigration eligibility.

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