Immigration Fraud – Know the Deal-eo

It is not uncommon for expats in any region of the world to look for offers of immigration to the West, for a better life for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, there are those that choose to make their living by preying on the less internet savvy and attempting to defraud them of their hard earned income.

The company is Canada Visa Experts, you can find their website by searching for them on Google, I will not generate traffic for them by posting their link here.

Last night I received a call from them that lasted over an hour from an international number. Firstly, that is no indication of truthfulness, as it is very easy through VoIP apps to call from one country and make it appear as tho you are calling from another.

It started off pleasantly at first, dear sir, you submitted your number to our website X years ago, please tell us more about yourself, Canadialand is looking for young professionals such as yourself, etc. etc. etc.

It seemed routine. I was cautious, as I had a chance to again use my work skills in the real world (Internal Auditors FTW!)

Then they start luring me in with the following bait line, please give us the first 6-digits of your credit card so we can check if it is accepted.

So far, so good, with any payment online, there are always different levels of security. No one can do anything with only 6 digits of your credit card, except check which bank its issued from. In order to swipe your money, they need the following info:

1) Full number on your credit card (First line of Defense)

2) Full name as it appears on the credit card (Second line of Defense)

3) Expiry date on the Credit Card (Third line of Defense)

4) CVV Number (Last line of Defense)

Without all 4 of the above, no one can steal your money.

So, back to our story.

The first “Agent”, her name was Eva (as in Mendes) Stark (as in Winterfell) spent a lot of time buttering me up and telling me I was needed, my profession was needed, checking my background, my wife’s profession, complimenting my English etc. she explained that I would be signed up to their website, but in order for them to process my application with their lawyers, Shubal – licence #R419239 and Barak (as in Obama) – licence #R407551 (see? Audit! I asked for verification of their lawyers as well as their office, which she told me was not a practice in Canada, despite it being a practice for Australia) they needed a payment of $1,710 or KD501.

When I refused to give my credit card info, I was transferred to her “manager”, Amanda Jones. Again, buttering up and really being very coy in stressing that it is not about the money, and how they wanted to help me have a better life, and how I am talented etc. etc.

I kept asking for more time to read up on them, as previously I was contacted several time by WWCIS, another fraudulent company that has set up shop right here in Kuwait too! A quick search shows streams of negative reviews from people that paid money and got squat. That is when she got even more persistent, citing that the registration window could close at any moment.

Authors note: the only TRUE immigration experts are Global Visas.

I even threw a curve ball by saying I did not have the full amount on my credit card as it was near its limit (I make it a general rule never to let my credit exceed my income). This answer rang the bell of deceit as loud and clear as the bells of Notre Dame; if the full amount is not there, we will take half, if that is not there, we will take quarter, and you can settle later.

WARNING WILL ROBINSON! DANGER! DANGER!

By the end, she agreed to give me one hour (after talking for an hour) to read up on them. I was very clear in telling her I wanted to read people’s reviews on them.

Of course at the time, I was sitting across from my wife, in the Avenues, at Pot Belly, attempting to have dinner. So I did not search properly.

Got home, took a shower, received a call STRAIGHT after I got out (as if they could sense me), again, she asked for the details, telling me she could not process without receiving, dodging the question of how much money does the entire process take etc.

In the end, she agreed to send me reading material and asked me to call if I wanted to continue.

I googled them with due diligence, and came upon this (link), as well as a Facebook page dedicated to ousting them as Fraudsters, even citing the same MO (modus operandi) of escalating to managers to get your credit card details.

Capture

The Facebook page does not work.

What is worse, the site is worth $303,000+, meaning it generates quite a bit of traffic.

Even tho something seems legitimate, it is often found to be not so.

Please do not fall for scams, no matter how lucrative they might seem.

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