Be Alert of Immigration Scam- warns OntarioPosted on July 24, 2017
In context to many people reporting fraud calls & emails related to Canada immigration (especially OINP program), Ontario on July 17, 2017 posted a warning related to this immigration scam. The alert clearly states “You will never receive a confirmation letter or nomination certificate from the OINP if you have not applied to the program and do not have an application pending.”
It has been reported that several people have been receiving calls and and emails with fraudulent OINP certification attached. Stating the receiver has been selected for State Nomination, scammers have tried to attract Right of Permanent Residence Fee from the victims. Since these certificates bear the Government of Ontario’s logo & address of 400 University Avenue in Toronto, many have been scammed and duped.
The Ontario Immigration authorities alert everyone to be aware of the following facts:
- No Certificate of Nomination will ever be emailed to you by the OINP.
- The contact telephone and fax number on the certificate contain a 708 area code. This is not an area code used in Ontario and is not connected to the OINP in any way.
- The false nomination certificate refers to the CIC Visa Office. The Federal Government of Canada has changed the name of the department that deals with Canadian immigration. It is now called Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- You will never be asked to make a payment to the OINP through a wire transfer, and you will never be asked to pay a ‘Right of Permanent Residence Fee’. Applicants to the OINP pay a one-time upfront administration fee to the program, through the online system, and do not pay for a nomination certificate when and if it is granted.
It is important to note that the OINP, as well as any other Canadian Immigration Program, will never contact you directly by phone or email to make a payment. If you receive such a call or email, please forward the information to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program immediately at ProgramIntegrityTeam@ontario.ca. Likewise, any fraud related to Canada immigration can be reported at Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Also, it is advised to refrain from giving your personal information such as account numbers, mother’s maiden name, passwords or other identifying information in response to unsolicited emails or calls.