Top 5 Scams Targeting International Students of Canada and Measures to Avoid

It becomes pretty easy for fraudsters to make international students their prey who are less aware of Canada and its security openings. As a result, immigrants get stuck in scammer’s mesh.

But it’s good to become aware first rather than getting stuck in such subterfuges. That’s why we have brought you the kind of trickeries targeting international students and measures to avoid scams. 

Here are the scams you should be aware of as an international student! Let’s dive in!

Visa-Associated Scams

Visa-associated scams reach you by calling you asserting that your student visa may be a pitfall. The caller will name itself from any border services, immigrant services, or refugee services. They can tell you that your study license patents are not correct and you may face problems if you don’t rectify them. Then they may ask you to 

share personal information including:

  • Insurance number
  • Passport number
  • Bank account number
  • Other bank details
  • Credit card details 

And then you will be asked to transfer money via digital platforms.

Preventive measures to avoid visa-related scams

Follow the following preventive measures:

  • Be aware that authorities never frighten immigrants with such calls.
  • Don’t pay via any digital payments application at any cost even if the caller provides you with a deadline.
  • Verify the authority that called you.
  • Report the call to The Canadian anti-fraud center.

Study in Canada scholarships scams

Such kinds of scams are majorly faced by international students whenever students apply for studying in Canada. They just present you with a scholarship plan and ask you to pay an enrollment fee to get a scholarship. They procure you with deadlines so that you enroll in a hurry. And once you pay the enrollment fee, your money is gone.

Preventive measures to avoid scholarship scams

Don’t fall into the trap of getting scholarships at any cost. Follow these preventive measures:

  • Any valid organization asks you to present your educational qualifications before providing the scholarships and provide you scholarships based on merits.
  • Search the organization that is fostering scholarship programs if it is valid or not.
  • Don’t pay any application fee as decent organizations don’t ask for such enrollment fees.

Job promising scams

Such scams promise graduates or postgraduates, international students, to provide a job in Canada. They will send you fake job offers saying that you have to pay this prior fee and you will get a job in your hands. You have to understand that a job does not come at your feet. You have to search for it.

Preventive measures to avoid job-promising scams

  • Be sure to make proper research of the organizations you are getting the job from.
  • Decent organizations don’t ask to pay any kind of fee while giving you a job. 
  • Valid ones ask for qualifications and resumes.
  • How can you get a job without an interview or assessment? Don’t get fooled!

Suspicious emails and phishing scams

The most formidable tricky kind of fraud is emails and phishing. Phishing emails are complicated to understand. You might be asked to click on any link in the mail or update any kind of information or download suspicious files. Emails may ask you to submit your personal information in exchange for rewarding something.

Preventive measures to avoid email or phishing scams

Preventive measures include:

  • Check the similarities of domain and organization. If it is different, it’s a scam.
  • Don’t download any files.
  • Don’t click on any link or don’t download any file.

Trending Ghostwriting Scams

Yes! Such scams are in trend. Just because students transfer their work to a group of people who ask to complete their assignment by getting reimbursed. And once such scammers receive money, they may get out of sight or provide you plagiarized work. 

Preventive measures to avoid ghostwriting scams

Preventive measures are:

  • Do your work by yourself and don’t hand over your work to such selves.
  • If you present plagiarized work to authorities then you may get stuck in trouble because offering plagiarized work is somewhat a considerable mistake in Canada.

Accordingly, these were the top 5 Scams targeting international students of Canada and measures to avoid. Be proactive and don’t get fooled by such scams. That’s all to say.

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