Around this time last year, we reported on telephone scams involving callers purporting to be immigration officers contacting foreign nationals to demand money. Recently, there have been reports of a similar scam targeting immigrants. In the recent scams, foreign nationals were contacted by someone purporting to be an agent of the Internal Revenue Service. The Agent stated that the individuals would be in trouble with the IRS if they did not immediately withdraw funds and deposit the funds to certain prepaid gift cards. The majority of reports indicated that the callers told them to deposit the funds to prepaid Home Depot cards. Some individuals also received calls purporting to be from local electric companies.
Please be reminded that government officials in the U.S. generally do not contact individuals over the phone requesting money. Unfortunately, immigrants are often targeted with these types of scams because they are not familiar with the tax and other systems in the U.S. If you receive such a call, do not provide the caller with any information – and do not send any money. You should report the call to law enforcement immediately.