Always beware of immigration scams because they can cause you to lose money and even lead to identity theft. Scammers usually target immigrants who are skeptical if they qualify for a visa and or green cards. It is the same for people who don’t speak English and those unfamiliar with the U.S. government or its norms.
A local immigration lawyer shares some of the most common types of immigration scams.
A scammer may claim that they represent the U.S. State Department and send their target an email stating that they won the diversity visa lottery. They will request your personal information and ask for money. Keep in mind that the government would never ask for these things.
Be careful when you receive a call from someone who says they are from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Check the number multiple times because scammers often replace a number or two to make the digits seem legit. They will claim that they are from immigration and ask for your info or money. Always remember that the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not ask for these through a call. Moreover, researching and reading about immigration law will go a long way in avoiding scammers.
People posing as ICE agents will give immigrants fake warrants, threatening to deport them if they don’t pay up a certain amount. Real ICE agents will never refuse to arrest someone in exchange for hundreds or thousands of dollars.
With the help of a reliable immigration attorney, your process should not be confusing or overwhelming. At The Costas Network Law Center, we are always here to assist you and your loved ones with your immigration process. Give us a call at (216) 616-3103 or (346) 818-2726 (Texas). You may also fill out our contact form to reach our immigration experts.