The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Prairie Region is warning the public about recent immigration scams.
The CBSA says the scams involve threatening and/or coercive language via e-mail and phone calls to scare individuals into paying fictitious fees to the CBSA for immigration-related issues such as permanent resident cards.
Another recent series of scams have included those overseas forming online relationships with Canadians. Once a relationship is established, they make plans to visit Canada, but end up “detained at the border” unless a large sum money is transferred into a bank account for their release and entry into Canada.
The CBSA says if you think you may be a victim of a scam or know someone who may be, immediately report it to firstname.lastname@example.org or report it to the department that the calls/e-mails are supposedly coming from.