Scammers posing as immigration authorities are calling immigrants and seeking payment, the Department of Homeland Security has warned in a fraud alert.
The scammers identify themselves as “U.S. immigration” employees and the caller ID appears as though the calls originate from the DHS Office of Inspector General’s 1-800 hotline. They then ask for personal information, often by claiming that the recipient has been the victim of identity theft.
BAL Analysis: Unfortunately, email, phone and phishing website scams have become increasingly common around the world. Individuals should protect their personal information, including any relevant immigration-related details, and hang up if they receive suspicious calls seeking personal information or demanding payment. Additional information on common scams and tips to avoid them is available at the USCIS avoiding scams website.
This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact BerryApplemanLeiden@bal.com.
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