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Immigration scams can derail family plans

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Family Immigration

Families wishing to immigrate to the US frequently face a difficult journey. Although several steps are required, the immigration process can be simplified with the right guidance. Unfortunately, many people will try to take advantage of the situation because they are untrustworthy. 

The US government has issued warnings to foreign nationals about these con artists, who would stop at nothing to obtain your money. Before you ever set foot on American soil, your family’s ambitions might be derailed by falling for an immigration scam. 

How to spot an immigration scam

Those posing as representatives of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) perpetrate the most frequent frauds. In other words, scammers often pose as government representatives to obtain your personal information and money.

The scammer will notify you by phone or email that one of the following regrettable events has happened:

  • You’ve broken American immigration laws.
  • There are other costs that you must pay.
  • The forms that you recently filed are outdated.
  • It’s past time for your papers.
  • An Immigration Bond must be paid.

They may threaten to arrest you or, if you are already in the country, deport you if you hesitate or question the caller.

How to handle a scammer

American immigration officials would never call you to ask for money or personal information. If you receive a call like this, hang up. The caller may try to take advantage of your anxieties to pressure you into giving them what they want. Don’t fall for their scam. 

You should report the scam to the appropriate authorities. Also, it’s best to seek guidance from someone who can guide you through the immigration process.