Immigrating to a different country can be a difficult and complicated process. There are many immigration companies out there who promise to help desperate people migrate to a better country, like Canada. But sometimes, the immigration company turns out to be a fraud who is out to con innocent people out of a lot of money.
How do you prevent this from happening to you? How can you tell fake immigration companies apart from real, trusted immigration agents? Here’s 5 expert tips to keep you safe online.
Checking reviews online are an important part of knowing who to trust. You can go to Canadianvisareview.com to find a list of fraudulent online companies pretending to be real Canadian Visa agents. You can also find options for authentic immigration agents who you can trust with your details. A rating is attached to each authentic agent based on their website friendliness, services, social media presence and years of experience.
Using secure online payment services, like that offered by PayPal, are advisable. The advantage with these providers is that they act as a kind of middleman, whereby you deliver payment to them – i.e. PayPal – and they then pass this onto the retailer. Your bank details always remain unseen.
Tip: Scammers will often ask you to use an unusual payment method, including preloaded debit cards, gift cards, iTunes cards or virtual currency such as Bitcoin.
Don’t trust anything that sounds too good to be true. Some companies may ask you to pay in advance, promising a successful application, job offer or faster processing. Processing times have nothing to do with anyone except case officers at the IRCC and no job will come without an interview. Also, no-one is guaranteed a successful application.
Tip: Never enter private information unless there is a padlock in the browser window or ”https://” at the beginning of the web address to show it is secure.
You can verify whether your consultant is qualified and recognized to handle your application on your behalf by the Canadian council. How? Each consultant has their own personal RCIC code. Check their credentials by going to the ICCRC website and filling in the consultant’s name and unique code. Follow the example below: