Possible Immigration Related Telephone Scam
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has received reports of a new scam potentially victimizing aliens. According to one report, the individual will receive a call purporting to be from a USCIS officer, who will have certain correct information on the individual, including the individual’s name and address. The caller will state that there is some discrepancy in the USCIS records, and ask for confirmation of data, such as an I-94 number, an “A” number or a visa control number. The caller will then tell the individual that there is a penalty for not clearing up the discrepancy, and that the individual is to send a sum of money, via Western Union, to an address the caller provides. Anyone who receives such a call should notify law enforcement authorities, which may include the FBI, as well as the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, whose Consumer Sentinel database is accessed by criminal and civil law enforcement authorities worldwide.