Tips on how to avoid scams
Students may receive a phone call, email, or text message from someone claiming that they are from Immigration Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, or the police. The callers may use intimidating language to convince you to make a payment or share details about your identity. It is important not to respond or transfer money to them.
Here are some things that you should know in order to protect yourself:
- Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and Canadian Border Services (CBSA) will never demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others. They will not threaten you with arrest or deportation, and would not ask for personal information or a payment.
- Do not click on links in suspicious emails. You can preview an email address or web link by rolling your mouse over it to check if it’s legitimate. You can learn more about information security here: https://www.queensu.ca/its/security
- If you’re not sure about something, WAIT. Contact the International Centre and we can help you understand what’s happening. The International Student Advisor can be reached at ISA@queensu.ca.