Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fraud Alert! - Take action to protect yourself!

It has come to our attention that certain fraudsters and scammers are using our company's name in sending phishing emails to people. We would like to warn clients to be wary of these impersonators and con artists. We deal with our clients directly from Toronto and Karachi office. As such, Amir Ismail has not appointed any agents representing him. Clients should take caution when dealing with any agent claiming to be associated with Amir Ismail in any way or responding to any promotional email that appear to have been sent by us. They should check with us directly regarding the validity of such claims. Clients should also not be misguided by similar names and understand that we have direct access to our clients without the involvement of any agents.

Don't be fooled by dishonest people pretending to be accredited immigration consultants. If you hire an immigration consultant be sure to verify that they are members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC). You can do this by checking for their name on the CSIC members list available here: https://www.csic-scci.ca

CSIC is the national regulator of immigration consultants. CSIC members are the only individuals who are permitted to display the CSIC logo. Further, they are the only consultants authorized by the Canadian government to advise, represent or consult on immigration issues for a fee.

Please note our address, phone numbers, web site and email address given below. You are encouraged to contact us directly before entering into any kind of financial transactions.

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Licensed Immigration Consultants

Canada:

First Canadian Place
100 King Street West, Suite 5700
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C7
Tel: +1-416-913-0230
Fax: +1-416-907-3338
Web: www.amirismail.com
Blog: aicic.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/canadaimmigration
Immigration Interviews: http://aicic.blogspot.com/2010/01/listen-to-amir-ismails-interviews-on.html
Skype: amirismail73
Email: info@amirismail.com

Pakistan:

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Suite # 706, 7th Floor, Kashif Centre
Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35652860-1-2,
Fax: +92-21-35221435, Cell: +92-300-2516207

As noted above, Amir Ismail & Associates has been alerted to the unauthorized use of its business names, service marks and logos by persons or companies fraudulently representing themselves as Amir Ismail & Associates or as business partners of Amir Ismail & Associates.

Fraudulent e-mail messages, often referred to as “phishing” or brand “spoofing”, are becoming increasingly common. These types of e-mails often use corporate logos, colours, and legal disclaimers to make it appear as though they are real, in an attempt to trick people into providing personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details, etc., for the purpose of committing theft, identity theft and/or other crimes.

Recognizing phishing scam e-mails is key to protecting yourself against such theft and other crimes. Indicators that an e-mail might be fraudulent include:

* Unexpected requests for personal and/or financial information.
* Alarming messages and requests for immediate action, such as "Your account will be suspended within 24 hours if you don't respond" or claims that you've won the lottery or a prize.
* Spelling and grammatical errors and excessive use of exclamation points (!).
* Links to misspelled or slightly altered addresses.

If you are unsure if an e-mail has been sent to you by Amir Ismail & Assocaites, or have any questions or concerns about representations being made with respect to the services provided by Amir Ismail & Associates, please e-mail or phone us on the above-noted numbers.

Also visit Government of Canada's web site for further information on internet frauds: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/protection/fraud/internet.asp