Your BBB® has learned that the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) issued a warning regarding scams that are targeting immigrants. Scammers would call immigrants in the US claiming to be from IRCC and telling them that they are under investigation. The victim is then asked to pay a fee by money transfer or gift card.
However, the IRCC doesn’t require payments or ask for your personal information over the phone! They also don’t threaten to arrest or deport people. USCIS doesn’t do any of these things either. If you get a phone call that seems suspicious, here’s what you can do:
If you are or have been in the past going through US immigration.
Call USCIS at 800-375-5283 and ask if there is something you need to do for your immigration status. You can also schedule an InfoPass appointment and speak to someone.
If you are in Canada’s immigration process
You can visit the Help Centre and find out more about this type of scam. And before you pay any fees, do some research, call your immigration organization and ask them all about the money process.
But most importantly, if you get a phone call or email asking you for money or personal information, block that number/email address and call your local authorities. You can tell the FTC, report the scam the bbb.org/Scamtracker and warn your friends and family about it.
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