Canadian embassy warns against fraudulent visa sites

ABU DHABI — The Embassy of Canada in a statement yesterday has warned the public against websites offering fraudulent Canadian visa services.

By Reshmi Nair

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Published: Thu 1 Feb 2007, 9:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:24 AM

Many individuals from the Gulf region have been contacting the Embassy after having paid significant amounts of money to unauthorised agents.

Norman Morgan, First Secretary of the Canadian Embassy, told Khaleej Times that they receive around 10 fake visa enquiries every week.

“Since last year, there has been a significant increase in online scams. We have been doing our best to shut down these sites. But many of these sites are operated from countries that do not have an effective police force,” he added.

Individuals interested in applying for a Canadian visa should first consult the official web site, or contact the Embassy directly, Morgan said.

Applicants may also choose to either apply directly at the nearest Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) office or use the services of an authorised representative.

Beware of representatives who offer special treatment and unconditional guarantees of success, he said adding that applicants should ensure that the representatives are authorised members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants.

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