Sadly, the scamsters are out there preying upon the most vulnerable in society. Immigrants are not immune, especially those whose English skills and just general awareness are not well developed. This bulletin by the Edmonton Police Service gives examples of such scams:
1) On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at 6 p.m. a complainant reported a fraud with the front counter at Southeast Division. He was allegedly contacted on Feb. 21, 2014, just after 12:30 p.m. from someone alleging to be from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The fraudsters remained in contact with the complainant for three days. He was told he was being investigated by Immigration Canada for failing to register himself as an immigrant. He was told to pay $11,400 through prepaid Visa cards. He abided by the demands and purchased the total amount in gift cards at a grocery store. He was contacted again on Feb. 27, 2014 claiming his wife was subject to violating the same immigration law. He eventually paid a total of $34,400 to the alleged agency.
2) On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. a female complainant reported a similar incident with Southeast Division. She was instructed to purchase $1,500 in prepaid Visa cards and was threatened with imprisonment. She reported the incident immediately to police and did not follow through with the demands.
Read the whole bulletin, and if you know anyone who gets these calls, tell to contact EPS. Kudos to EPS for alerting us to this. I saw some of these when I lived in the US. Sad to see it happening up here too.