Canadian immigration scams duping South Africans out of thousands of rands
South Africans are being warned to be aware of fake immigration agencies.
Many are posing as the real deal, promising guaranteed jobs or study permits. But instead, they end up taking people’s hard earned money and then disappearing.
One South African family claims to have lost around R100,000 to scammers who promised to get them to Canada. Others report regularly pay up to R80,000 to "consultancies" that guarantee jobs.
Nicholas Avramis is with Beaver Immigration Consulting and talks to John Maytham about how prevalent these scams are and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim.
Canadian immigration fraud is a global problem and it is starting to hit South African shores.Nicholas Avramis - Beaver Immigration Consulting
He describes the recent scam that started a few months ago in Sub-Saharan Africa with fake news stories purported to be a call from the Canadian prime minister to the Kenyan and Nigerian prime ministers for a million new immigrants needed in Canada.
This is a little bit far from the truth and scamsters use it to lure people in. But the Canadian government is very strict and you have to have a licence from the government to guide you through the immigration process.Nicholas Avramis - Beaver Immigration Consulting
There are two types of scams, he explains.
- The first targets the most vulnerable members of society with promises of open work permits and runs to about R10 -20, 000
- The second is a more elaborate scam targeting the upper middle class with offers of open work permits and job offers from fake companies and runs into hundreds of thousands of rands.
While a job offer is a great route of entry into Canada, permission has to be obtained from the Canadian government to hire a foreign worker, known as a labour market impact assessment. So there are two documents that you really need.Nicholas Avramis - Beaver Immigration Consulting
These criminals play on the fact that Canada is open to immigration at the moment, he says.
They are stealing people's dreams...wanting a better life... The fraudsters play on people's emotions.Nicholas Avramis - Beaver Immigration Consulting
Listen to the interview below:
Personal finance expert Warren Ingram warns that divorce almost always destroys wealth. Here’s how to not lose your money.Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews Basetsana Kumalo about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).Read More
'Boer Soek 'n Vrou' producer Roelof Storm explains why it took twelve seasons to feature a farmer looking for a same-sex soulmate.Read More
Some things in life just don’t need a “designer” counterpart, reckons branding and advertising expert Andy Rice.Read More
Shay Bradley's dying wish was to play a recorded message from his grave and his daughter Andrea obliged.Read More
Saving money on boring stuff such as a car can allow you to do really outrageous and courageous stuff, says Sam Beckbessinger.Read More
Parental alienation is now officially recognised by the World Health Organisation as a ‘caregiver-child relationship problem.’Read More
The heart doctor explains how obesity can negatively impact on people's health.Read More
Beware of downloading little-known free apps as they may harbour viruses and malware says tech expert Alistair Fairweather.Read More
It’s better to start late than never! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jeanette Marais.Read More