Never give or loan money to a person who approaches you on the street. People will take advantage of your trust. Some examples are:
- “I need money for a hotel / bus / parking.”
- “I lost my wallet. I need money for gas for my car. I’ll pay you back tomorrow.”
- “I don’t have a bank account in the city, can you cash my $1,000 cheque at your ATM?”
Virtual Kidnapping Scam
This recent scam involves Chinese international students, who receive phone calls and are convinced the Chinese police are going to arrest them. They are told if they fake their own kidnapping, they can avoid arrest and/or clear the money they owe, and their parents have been conned into paying a “ransom.”
The Chinese police or government cannot arrest you in Canada. If you receive one of these calls, please contact your local police – even if you’re told not to. We want to help you. Learn more.
Purchases / Shopping
When you buy something, make sure that you get a receipt and are charged the right amount, and that your card is returned promptly. Never give your credit card information or copies of your card unless you are ready to buy something.
Only use tutors authorized or recommended by your school, and never pay in advance. Watch for tutors who don’t appear to be qualified or who may seek an inappropriate relationship.
Unknown Phone Calls
Scammers often use Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), VPD, RCMP, and Immigration “arrest warrant” threats to have victims send Bitcoin. No legitimate government authority will demand Bitcoin or financial restitution over the phone.
It’s never a good idea to give out banking or credit card information to anyone who phones you.