There are many scams going around that are targeting non-immigrants in the U.S.  Don’t become a victim of an immigration scam. Scammers may call or email you, pretending to be a government official. They will say that there is a problem with an application or additional information is required to continue the immigration process. They will then ask for personal and sensitive details, and demand payment to fix any problems.

If you receive a scam email or phone call, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at http://1.usa.gov/1suOHSS.

Here is a list of common immigration scams: https://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/common-scams.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

  • Remember: USCIS will not call or email to request payment.
  • Forward the suspicious email to the USCIS Webmaster at uscis.webmaster@uscis.dhs.gov. USCIS will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
  • Visit the Avoid Scams Initiative at www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams for more information on common scams and other important tips. If you have a question about your immigration record, call customer service at 800-375-5283 or make an InfoPass appointment at http://infopass.uscis.gov.
  • Report the incident to your local or state authorities

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding your taxes:

  • Remember: The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action. Being able to recognize these telltale signs of a phishing or tax scam could save you from becoming a victim.
  • Find more information here: https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.
  • Report the incident to your local or state authorities