Immigration scams are currently rampant in the United States. People fall prey to immigration scams through phone calls, websites, emails, and regular mail.
The scammers lure innocent permanent residency applicants into believing they can help get the process done quickly and easily. And often, these scammers have astounding amounts of information on you, making it difficult to understand if it is a scam or real. However, this is exactly why it is important to stay wary.
This article is meant to alert you about several immigration scams and how to protect yourself against scammers.
Here are some of the most common forms of US immigration scams, along with tips on protecting yourself against them.
Notarios in the U.S. are witnesses and cannot give you legal advice, as they are not licensed attorneys. They will not only charge you money saying they can help with your immigration application but may harm your immigration process. Always approach an attorney or accredited representatives for legal advice, and remember:
Scam Immigration Websites
An official U.S. immigration website, connected with USCIS and the federal government, always ends in .gov. Don’t trust other websites, no matter how official they look, and do follow these tips:
Scams Against Refugees
A common scam against refugees is the promise of getting special grants against a fee. Scammers may also pretend to call the IRS and ask for information like bank account details. U.S. government agencies will never call or contact you for your bank account number. Do consider the following in case you fall for such a scam:
Diversity Lottery Scams
The Diversity Visa Immigrant Program is managed by the U.S. Department of State. It is also called the “visa lottery” because it offers free entry. The winners are randomly selected and can then apply for legal citizenship. Scammers may target people by charging money for applications or promising increased chances of winning the lottery. Make sure you understand the following:
Now that you know the common immigration scams and how to safeguard yourself. Here are ways to prevent such scams.
If you have already fallen prey to an immigration scam, report immigration fraud immediately to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. You may do this or ask your immigration attorney to report the fraud. You can also approach the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program. Call them at 877-388-3840 or email email@example.com. You should report the incident to state and local authorities too.
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