The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is reporting a scam alert targeting immigrants who are working with the agency. The goal of the scam is to steal victims’ personal identification information by obtaining information like Social Security numbers, passport numbers and A-numbers.
Through a technique called “Caller ID spoofing,” scammers send misleading or inaccurate information to the recipient’s phone. The caller poses as a USCIS official by identifying supposed issues in immigration records, and then requests a payment to fix the problem.
“Often, scammers will threaten victims with deportation or other negative consequences if they do not pay,” the USCIS reports on its blog.
If you receive a request for a money transfer or you’re asked to a store to purchase a money order or vouchers—any kind of money exchange, payment or withdrawal—the USCIS urges you to “not go along with it—hang up and report it!”
It’s important to remember that the USCIS never asks for any form of payment or personal information over the phone. The USCIS also urges everyone to protect all personal information and to not share your immigration application details in any public space.
USCIS never asks for any form of payment or personal information over the phone. Do not give payment or personal information over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. In general, we encourage you to protect your personal information and not to provide details about your immigration application in any public area.
If you’ve got a question about your immigration record, you can call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, or make an InfoPass appointment by visiting the website.