Fraud Prevention campaign kicks off
Annual Immigration Fraud Prevention campaign
The Government Of Canada has just started its 15th annual Fraud Prevention Month campaign. Thousands of people every year choose to make Canada their home. The campaign aims to increase awareness against people who take advantage of individuals wishing to immigrate to Canada. Immigration scams can often have disastrous consequences.
To prevent fraud and to identify and report immigration scams, the Canadian Government aims to increase awareness among people. During March every year, IRCC is operating to increase public knowledge of how to recognize social media scams and fraudulent websites. It also informs about of how to accurately choose a registered immigration or citizenship consultant, and how to report fraud when it happens.
4 clear examples of fraud
You can read about 4 distinct types of fraud in IRCC‘s website and its social media channels every week during March. These are types of scam which victims most likely encountered. The campaign will highlight topics below during March.
The first week: Don’t fall for a disappearing act – how to identify and avoid “ghost” consultants.
The second week: Preventing fraud – know what to look for, and what the consequences could be.
The third week: Spot a scam – make sure you know what a social media or Web scam looks like.
The fourth week: Know your rights – detecting fraud and deception in the private refugee sponsorship stream.
During the launching event The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, emphasized the importance of raising public awareness about the campaign. Additionally, he noted that IRCC is committed to protecting Canadians and newcomers from falling victim to fraud