immigration

Dialing for Dollars

There’s a new scam going around – and if your family name is from South Asia, there’s a chance you already know about it. If the scam sounds familiar, that’s because it’s been around for years, targeting one group, then another. Right now, the people being targeted seem to be from India and Pakistan; tomorrow: who can say? Continue Reading >

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Dreams Deferred

When Langston Hughes wrote about a dream deferred (and asked whether it dries up like a raisin in the sun), he wasn’t necessarily thinking of scams. But many Spanish speakers found their immigration dreams deferred (if not ended) and their money taken by a Baltimore-based couple who promised help with immigration services. Continue Reading >

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New York Cracks Down on Notario Fraud

The New York Department of State (DOS) recently announced the adoption of new regulations for notaries public aimed at protecting the public from unscrupulous notaries who use their title to commit fraud and cheat people by posing as immigration professionals and attorneys. The DOS oversees the commissioning and enforcement of the notary public occupation. “For a long time now, con-artists have been hiding behind the veil of the notary public occupation to commit egregious acts of fraud and victimize thousands of people in our state. Continue Reading >

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USCIS presents “Protecting Customers from Immigration Scams” session for NCPW

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a national stakeholder engagement on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Central) to discuss immigration services scams and how to protect yourself and those you serve. Continue Reading >

USCIS Recognizes National Consumer Protection Week

USCIS is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 2-8, 2014. Each year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) coordinates NCPW to encourage consumers to take advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.USCIS is committed to helping you avoid becoming victims of immigration scams. We want to provide customers with information on common scams as well as tips on how to avoid becoming a victim, obtain authorized legal services, and to report scam activity.A few common immigration scams include:  Continue Reading >

“Green Card” Lottery Scams

The results for the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery are now available at dvlottery.state.gov.

That’s good news for people who are hoping to become “lawful permanent residents” in the US (sometimes referred to as “getting a green card”).

But it’s also a good opportunity for scammers to try to confuse hopeful applicants.

If you’ve entered the diversity visa lottery, don’t be fooled by emails that say you’ve won, or that ask you to send money to claim your spot. Continue Reading >

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