As the economic development agency for the greater Québec City region, Québec International and its brands (QuébecFirst, LE CAMP, Québec BVI, Québec EPIX, Québec NUTRI, Québec VITAE, Québec Simple) are sometimes used in fraudulent digital content. In some cases, fraudsters reproduce our organization’s visual identity. In other cases, they mention being affiliated with Québec International or one of its brands.
To help you differentiate between what is real and what is fake, our team put together this page with tips and tricks to spot fraudulent communications. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to validate the legitimacy of information that appears to come from our organization.
Various elements can often indicate that an email is fraudulent. Look for the following clues to see whether the information is legitimate:
Solution: Check the spelling of each name, and make sure that the sender’s email address ends with @quebecinternational.ca, @quebecentete.com, @lecampquebec.com, @quebecbvi.com, @quebecepix.com, @quebecnutri.com or @quebecvitae.com.
Solution: Do not let the impression of urgency cloud your judgment, and take the time to validate the information
Solution: Evaluate the language level to see if it matches our organization’s and make sure that the text was not translated by an automatic translation system
Solution: At any time, you may check with us to see if these requests are legitimate. In general, these requests are made when you register for a paid activity. These requests are not made by email, but rather through a secure solution such as Eventbrite or direct billing.
Please note: For international candidates who take part in our recruitment missions, no amount of money will be requested to submit your application.
Solution: Evaluate the safety of these contents by analyzing them with an antivirus software, making sure that the file extension matches the expected file (e.g. a backgrounder would typically be a PDF file), and checking if the hyperlink leads to the right page by hovering over it with your mouse.
A few quick verifications can help you confirm that you are navigating Québec International’s actual platforms. Look out for these signs:
Solution: Check that the address is quebecinternational.ca, quebecentete.com, lecampquebec.com or simplequebec.com. If the URL includes other elements before the dot, note that this is probably a fraudulent address (e.g. quebecinternational.wordpress.com).
Solution: Compare the visuals with those used on our real websites.
Solution: Look for the padlock icon near the address bar, and make sure that the security certificate is valid.
Solution: Avoid disclosing any personal information or downloading any files until you have checked the other elements of the site.
Québec International and its employees share information on social media, and individuals outside the organization may try to take advantage of these platforms to assume our identity and get their hands on your personal information. Here are a few strategies to avoid falling for false publications:
Solution: Confirm that it is the official Québec International account (or the account of one of its brands) by accessing the social media account directly from our official websites.
Solution: You will find the list of Québec International’s permanent employees in the appropriate section of our website. If the name of the account sharing the publication is not on the list, please use caution.
Solution: Verify that the URL is correct (please see the “Recognizing Fraudulent Websites” section above). Be careful, as the link appearing in the text may not be the same as the actual link in the clickable section!
Solution: Try to find out whether the information was published on another platform, especially our organization’s official social media accounts and websites.
If you suspect a fraud regarding Québec International or its brands, please let us know by sending an email at email@example.com. We will make sure to let you know whether the information is legitimate or not, and we will take appropriate action to fix the situation if needed.