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Chinese Immigration Scam

The scammers contact the Chinese immigrants through the phone. They communicate in Mandarin or Cantonese and claim to be Chinese authorities or employees of Canadian Immigration. The scammers then informs the immigrants that they have intercepted a parcel with the name and address of the victim. They might add that the parcel contains many fake passports. Alternatively, they also claim that the bank account of the victim has been compromised and utilized for criminal activities. They ask for personal information that is used to commit fraud. Or they claim the immigrant has misfiled papers and must pay for their mistake immediately with a credit card, via ATM bitcoin, or by giving them your bank login information. The caller is hostile and often threatens the immigrant with police action in Canada or against their families in China.

  • The scammer wants to frighten you if you are an immigrant, refugee, or even permanent resident.
  • They want you to think you’ve filled out paperwork wrong and the police in China are going to have you arrested if you don’t pay money to stop the arrest. They may say you are in serious trouble.
  • They might say they have intercepted a package addressed to you with illegal material such as fake passports or credit cards. Or they may say your identity has been stolen or hacked and used for illegal activity.
  • They may threaten you by saying the Canadian Government will arrest or deport you due to a problem with your travel visa.
  • They may even say your family in China will be punished if you don’t pay.
Click the play button below to watch a video example:
Click here to play the YouTube Video for this Senior Fraud Alert Scam Lesson
The first step is to identify the fraud. In the video above, were you able to hear the clues in the story and detect the Chinese Immigration Scam? The next step is to prevent the scammer from victimizing you or others. If you encounter a similar situation, use these tools to protect yourself from this type of fraud.
Chinese Immigration Scam Clues
  • The Government of Canada does not use threats and intimidation nor do they ask you to pay over the phone.
  • Canadian Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship will not contact you in person, online or over the telephone to collect fees or fines to avoid deportation or other consequences.
  • Be aware: Scammers often give a fake name and agent number to appear legitimate.
Chinese Immigration Scam Defence
  • Do not give financial or personal information to someone who calls you and threatens you.
  • Hang up and contact the Canadian immigration services or a local Chinese authority.
  • If you are concerned you might
    have filled some paperwork
    out incorrectly, call the
    government of Canada
    immigration number or check
    the website: https://www.canada.ca/en/
Now it’s your turn!


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