The USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has issued an alert again to immigrants over phone scams aimed at them. The USCIS was quoted by The American Bazaar as stating that immigrants all over the US are being targeted by scammers through phones or emails. Claiming to be government officials, they will say that there is a problem with your application and say more information is needed to continue the process of immigration. They will then elicit personal information and seek payment to resolve issues.
The USCIS told the public that their officials would never demand payment through a phone call or an email. If they request payment, it would be done so by mailing a letter on official stationery.
Meanwhile, Napa Valley Register had reported earlier this month that the Calistoga Police have cautioned residents to beware of a scam. This scam involves immigrants receiving a call from 911 with regard to their immigrant status or an unpaid warrant.
Three instances of such calls have been received by Calistoga Police recently. The report asks the immigrants who have received a call from 911 to call back the business line of their local law enforcement agency to make sure it was an authorised call.
The scam typically involves a victim receiving a call from 911 or some other number stating his/her Alien Registration Number is out of status and the caller claims to be from the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) or USCIS. These callers then tell the victims that they have to pay for a warrant, according to the alert issued by Calistoga Police.
Last year, The American Bazaar had reported that Sahil Patel, a leader of a notorious gang that carried out a phone scam for over two years in order to extract personal information of victims based in America and terrorised them through phone calls by threatening to have them arrested or deported if they don’t shell out money to federal government agencies, had been sentenced to over 14 years in prison.
If any person receives a spurious email or phone call, USCIS has asked them to report it to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) through http://1.usa.gov/1suOHSS.
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