Friday, May 19, 2017

SCAM ALERT- Fraudsters Target Immigrants

Scammers target just about anyone. That includes immigrants. Scammers are taking advantage of the current turmoil of the changes in federal policy regarding immigration to take your money or get your personal information.

Recently, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned the public about scammers identifying themselves as being from “U.S Immigration” demanding victims provide or verify personal information. The scammers claim that the individual has become a victim of identity theft. The scammers often spoof the DHS Office of Inspector General hotline (1-800-323-8603) to lend legitimacy.

Also, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an alert warning of another twist that scammers are using against immigrants.

Scammers are calling immigrants in the US, claiming to be from the Canadian Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) telling the victims that they are under investigation, or there is some sort of legal case against them. The scammers spoof the caller ID so that victims think the call is from IRCC. Bottom line, as usual, to make all of this trouble go away, the scammers demand that the victim send money, right away via money transfer or prepaid gift card.

According to the FTC, the IRCC handles immigration issues in Canada. The IRCC does not take payment by phone, money transfer or prepaid gift cards. Also, the FTC says that the IRCC does not call people in the US.

Federal Trade Commission:

Like with most other scams, if you receive a phone call asking for your personal information or demanding immediate payment, just hang up.

If you have a question about your immigration status as a result of a scammer’s phone call, go to,

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:


Northwest Immigrant Rights Project:

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