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:
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.