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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Phone Scams

Someone claiming to be from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) targets newcomers.

How it works

The scammer (posing as an official from IRCC) contacts a newcomer to New Brunswick saying there is a problem with paperwork and a fee needs to be paid. They threaten legal action or even kidnapping if money isn’t sent.

How to protect yourself

Staff at IRCC never accept payments over the phone, by prepaid credit cards, gift cards, cryptocurrency, or private money transfers. If you get such a request, it’s a scam.

How to report it

If you suspect you’re a victim of this scam, or attempted scam contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and your local police or RCMP.

FCNB administers and enforces legislation in the mortgage brokers, payday lenders, real estate, securities, insurance, pensions, credit unions, trust and loan companies, cooperatives, and a wide range of other consumer legislation. If your complaint relates to an area outside of FCNB’s regulated areas, we may refer you to the appropriate reporting agency or organization.