USCIS raises alert regarding phone Scams targeting Immigrants

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in its statement, has appealed to the citizens  to remain attentive to the phone scams targeting immigrants.

The USICS, statement said, “Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims! Scammers may call or email you, pretending to be a government official. They will say that there is a problem with an application or additional information is required to continue the immigration process. They will then ask for personal and sensitive details, and demand payment to fix any problems,”

USCIS also stated that officials from their office never demand for money, in return for their services. Alerting the people on immigration, the Calistoga Police have cautioned residents, to be aware of a scam, as victims are receiving calls from 911 enquiring the status of immigration or an unpaid warrant.

 The statement said, “Calistoga Police have received three reports of such calls recently. If you receive a call from 911, call back the business line of your local law enforcement agency to ensure it was a legitimate call.”

Some fraudsters have asserted that the immigrants owe money for a warrant.

According to the USCIS website, “Scammers are using a technique called ‘Caller ID spoofing’ to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s caller ID. 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. The scammers may also already possess the personal information of those they target.”

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