Signs an Immigration Agency Webpage is Real or Fake
April 9, 2021
Alright, so by now we have talked about a lot of scams and the way scammers take advantage of good natured people who are interested in starting a new life in Canada. We thought we would use this post to do a quick recap of the signs to look out for when visiting potential immigration sites. There are also one or two updates and new pieces of advice on helping you identify if a Canadian immigration consultancy’s website is real or fake
How to Spot if a Canadian Visa Website is a Scam or RealWhile we know it is no secret that there are many immigration companies that offer similar services to our own, although not nearly as efficient. We would like you to be as informed as possible because at the end of the day, we want you to save time and money, as well as enjoy a stress free immigration process, which you can’t do if you’re being scammed. So let's take a look at the red flags to look out for when deciding if a Canadian visa website is a scam or real.
Beware of AdvertisementsIt is common to use internet advertisements to promote your business, scam websites will use the same tools to drive traffic to their websites. What you need to look out for in these advertisements is ‘too good to be true offers’. Look out for guarantees, offers to buy a visa or anything that seems like a promise.
Too Good To Be TrueOur own Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant’s (RCIC’s) will be the first to tell you: we cannot make the visa application go any faster than the case officers at the Immigration & Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) say it will take. We can only offer realistic time frames. Further, no one can guarantee that your application will be successful. A good immigration company will keep you up to date and ensure that your application is submitted with no errors and all supporting documents to give you the best possible chance of success. So if you encounter an immigration and visa website that claims they can get your visa faster, or guarantee’s success, know it is a scam.
The Padlock or HTTPS in the Address BarWhile we used to endorse this check as one of the best ways to make sure the site you are on is secure, we have recently become aware of a copycat website of our own that has somehow managed to get this secure web page designation. While this should still be your first check when entering an immigration site, here are a few more things to look out for:
- If there is a charge for visa forms.
- Do an online search on the immigration site, if there are a lot of complaints and negative reviews with no positive ones, you should proceed with caution as you may be dealing with a scam.
- Keep your web browser up to date, web browsers have filters that detect harmful sites.
- Use who.is to check how long a web page has been around for. Scam pages usually pop up and disappear frequently once too many people give them negative reviews.
- Social media presence is also very important. Check a company’s social media profiles, they should have a long history of sharing information and engaging with customers and visitors on their pages.