Canada posts warning to applicants over job and visa scams

Published:  5 Aug at 6 PM
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Canadian immigration authorities are warning potential migrants not to be taken in by an increasing number of visa and job application scams.

According to a spokesman from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), if it sounds too good to be true, it is. No-one, he added, can guarantee either a visa or a job, with only immigration officers based at embassies, consulates and high commissions able to take the decision as to granting a visa.

Some scammers, he said, are stealing identities, spreading computer viruses and committing fraud while others are demanding staggeringly high fees for visa processing. Processing fees at all international Canadian visa offices are fixed, and payment in local currency is carefully calculated according to official exchange rates.

Scammers may ask for an initial payment to a personal bank account or a transfer through a private currency exchange company, and many use free email services such as Yahoo. Job seekers are warned to watch out for offers of unrealistically high salaries along with a request for money to begin the immigration process.

Fake websites purporting to be affiliated with the CIC or the Canadian government are being used to garner private information used in identity theft, and others offer faster processing or a guaranteed visa in exchange for a high fee. All these offers and so-called deals, according to CIC, are scams.
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