The Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection today announced a warning for immigrants about scam calls from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
In this latest telephone scam, a person pretends to be a representative from USCIS and tells an immigrant that there is a problem with their information or paperwork. The scammer asks the victim to verify personal information and then requests a money order or other form of payment to be sent in order to correct the information. Victims who send a money order not only lose their money, but are also at risk of identity theft.
Consumers are urged to consider the following to avoid becoming a victim:
• USCIS will not call consumers to ask for payment over the phone.
• If you get a call from someone asking for personal information, hang up and call your attorney.
• Do not give your personal or financial information over the phone.
Victims are encouraged to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or go to www.attorneygeneral.gov . The scam can also be reported to the FTC .
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.