Immigration scam targeting Chinese community in GTA 'too good to be true': police

July 26, 2017

Police in Peel Region are sounding the alarm over what they say are a set of immigration scams promising to help customers secure documents for relatives to travel from China to Canada.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Peel police said in a release Tuesday. 

The ads, which were published in several Chinese-language daily newspapers throughout the Greater Toronto Area, were directed towards the Chinese community, Const. Mark Fischer told CBC Toronto on Tuesday.  Fischer declined to name the specific newspapers where the ads appeared, saying the publications were not responsible for the alleged scams.

Police say a "fictitious" company called Gao Sheng Investment Corporation advertised for visitor visas, work permits and immigration documents to foreign residents.

According to investigators, the company does not exist but the name has been used by culprits in the past.

The first incident was recorded by Peel police in 2015, Fischer added.

Victims defrauded up to $10K: police

According to police, the scam asks victims to provide a deposit in order to secure visas and airplane tickets. The company will only accept cash payment up front for these travel-related services.

Throughout the process, police say the suspects will never meet at a place of business. Instead, they will ask to meet in person at the victim's residence or another public place, such as a coffee shop or restaurant.

"The culprits will often provide fake identification and business documents to have the victim believe in the scam," police said in the release.

The travel document are not provided as a result. 

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