Scam Alert - Scam targeting international students

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released a scam notice reporting that international students have been recently receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be IRCC employees. The caller tells the student that to avoid arrest and deportation, they must obtain an immigration lawyer. In some cases, students have transferred large sums of money under the false belief that they are obtaining an immigration lawyer. As far as we know Waterloo students have not been targeted but, we encourage students to be aware.

What you need to know: 

  • IRCC wants international students to know that these phone calls are a scam.
  • It is important not to respond to the caller, or transfer any money to them.

It is further reported that:

  • The caller identifies themselves as an IRCC officer and tells the student that there is an arrest warrant in their name. The caller advises students to obtain an immigration lawyer and is told that they could face arrest or deportation if they do not.

What to do: 

  • Be aware that IRCC will never contact you in person, online, or by telephone to collect fees or fines to avoid deportation or other consequences.
  • Remember that if someone posing as an immigration official threatens to arrest or deport you, to suspend your account if you don’t pay money or give your personal information, or tells you that your visa or immigration status is in jeopardy, it is a scam.

For more information on how to protect yourself against immigration scams, please visit the IRCC website