Government of Canada

03/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/14/2019 12:31

Warning to refugee and immigrant communities about fraudulent calls

March 14, 2019 Ottawa, ON Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is warning people about an escalating scam targeting members of the immigrant and refugee community.

Victims have reported receiving telephone calls from persons claiming to be representatives of the IRB and being told they are under investigation and owe money. In some cases, these calls seem to be coming from the IRB or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Recently, fraudulent calls are being made to appear more legitimate by using the publicly available names and contact information of IRB representatives.

The IRB will never ask its clients for money. If you get a call from someone saying they are with the IRB and asking for payment of any kind, it is a scam. Immediately hang up and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, call your local police as soon as possible.

The Board is continuing to work with law enforcement agencies to identify the perpetrators and bring an end to this scam. The Board asks the media and stakeholders to share this message to help others avoid becoming victims.