Kelowna RCMP warn of international student scam


2022-11-18 13:48 PST

File # 2022-67376

 On October 26, 2022 a report was made to the RCMP that an international student attending a local post secondary institution in Kelowna had been threatened with deportation from an unknown phone scam. The caller told the student she would be deported if she did not pay $3500 via bitcoin. The victim, unfamiliar with Canadian laws, completed the transaction without informing friends or family out of fear they would deport her.

Government agency employees will never ask for a payment to be made using cryptocurrency. If a payment is required government employees do not use threats or extreme urgency like the tactics used by scammers in these types of frauds.

If the person won’t let you off the phone or makes any types of threats if the call were to end, this is fraud and should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Regardless if money is given to the scammers or not, police are asking for the call to be reported. The Anti-Fraud Centre keeps an updated database of the various types of frauds affecting Canadians.

To avoid telephone scams, remember that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) does not:

In some telephone scams, the caller pretends to be a police or immigration officer and tells you that you broke the law. It is probably a scam or a phishing scheme if:

Be aware: Scammers often give a fake name and agent number to appear legitimate. If you think the caller is a scammer:

If you received a suspicious call, hang up immediately and:


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