Watch out for fraud!
Be wary of fraudulent phone calls you may receive from scammers. They may pretend to be calling from the Canadian Revenue Agency, Border Services, or another government agency. They are trying to get you to share financial or personal information over the phone.
Scammers can be very convincing over the phone. Be very careful not to share your personal information or to respond to requests without verifying that you are communicating with the correct person and agency. You can always hang up, and call the information line on the government website (do not use a number given over the phone) to confirm any information you are given.
Remember that Canadian government representatives will never use threatening language or require immediate payment over the phone using credit card, wire transfer, or bitcoin.
Other common scams targeting international students include false employment offers, cheque cashing schemes, and fake kidnapping scams.
The Winnipeg Police Service has shared a brochure to help you identify scams and fraud . Please take time to read it and learn how to protect yourself from getting caught by fraudulent emails or calls.
Click here to download / view: Fraud Brochure
For more information about frauds and scams please go to:
- Winnipeg Police Frauds and Scams website
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Frauds and Scams website
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Website