Beware of USCIS Telephone Scams

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There have been recent reports of telephone scams aimed at foreign nationals.  The reported scams have involved individuals receiving calls from someone purporting to be an officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The caller will have certain correct information about the individual he/she is calling, including the individual’s name and address.  The caller will then state that there is a discrepancy in USCIS records and ask for confirmation of the individuals I-94 number, “A” number, or 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. 

Please be aware that if you or anyone you know receives a call similar to the one described above, it is a scam.  USCIS officers do not and will not call individuals to request personal, identifying case information or to request money.  If you receive such a call, do not provide the caller with any information and report the call to law enforcement immediately.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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