- by theguardian
- 01 Apr 2023
Scammers posing as Canadian immigration lawyers have targeted Facebook groups with tens of thousands of users, a new report reveals.
The posts, documented in a new report by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), the research arm of watchdog group the Campaign for Accountability, have been flagged as potentially fraudulent by Latin American and Canadian authorities but continue to proliferate.
Purporting to be authored by Canadian immigration lawyers, the posts claim that Canada is recruiting more than 400,000 people for a jobs program that will grant those accepted an immediate work permit.
The scam offers to help migrants apply for the program and obtain a visa, and requires them to enter sensitive personal information on websites before prompting them to share the link with 15 friends via WhatsApp to access any visa or immigration information.
The users are ultimately not provided with any helpful immigration information after sending the link.
The posts have been shared in at least 12 Facebook groups with followings ranging between 2,700 and nearly 190,000 users. The groups had at least 570,000 users in total, according to TTP.
Another company leveraged to perpetuate the scam, URL shortener TinyURL, terminated a link during an early version of the scam, saying it violated the terms of service prohibiting use of the platform to spread spam, malware or defraud other people.
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