Fraudulent individuals often target immigrants by posing as immigration officials or performing acts, such as phone scams. These people may request your personal information and even ask for money. They may also threaten you with deportation if you do not pay them the amount they are asking for.
Get tips on how to protect yourself against scammers from a local immigration attorney.
You can get government application forms for free online at www.uscis.gov/forms. It is probably a scam if you are being asked to pay for these forms. Never provide anyone original documents but give them photocopies instead. Consider it a red flag if someone is asking for original copies of your documents because they may be attempting to steal your identity. Before signing anything, make sure you completely understand what is written on the document. Also, do not sign blank or incomplete forms.
Always ask for proof that the immigration lawyer you are dealing with is accredited by the Department of Justice. It is always a good idea to get a second opinion if you have doubts. Make sure to only work with providers that have a physical location.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) only accepts money orders, credit cards, and certified checks for filing fees. If someone is asking for cash to file your forms with the USCIS, you shouldn’t trust them. You are likely dealing with a scammer.
Need an immigration law specialist to help with your process? At The Costas Network Law Center, we are always ready to give you free consultations. 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.