Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC
Immigration & Compliance Law 
Beware of New Phone Scam Targeting Foreign Nationals

  

Last year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called "Caller ID spoofing" to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient's Caller ID.  This includes the USCIS's own Customer Service phone number.

 

The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient's immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records.

 

Recently, this scam has taken a new turn.  Recipients are being told that they have been placed in deportation proceedings and the scammers are requesting the passport and Social Security numbers in order to verify the recipient's identity and "help" them by stopping the deportation.  The recipient is being advised not to contact anyone or to access their computer and eventually is made to wire money to the scammers who are posing as U.S. government officials.

 

If there is any issue with your immigration status, you will be notified by mail - never by phone.


If you receive a call like this, USCIS urges you to say "No, thank you" and hang up immediately.


USCIS never asks for any form of payment or personal information over the phone. Do not give payment or personal information over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. In general, USCIS encourages you to protect your personal information and not to provide details about your immigration application in any public area.


If you have been a victim of this telephone scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ , or report it to an appropriate state authority. (Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for information on where to report scams in your state.)


If you have a question about your immigration record, please call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, or make an InfoPass appointment by visiting the USCIS website at http://infopass.uscis.gov/.

 

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If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided in this email, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 


Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC
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