USCIS has become aware of a new scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. “Caller ID Spoofing” is a technique in which scammers can make a misleading or inaccurate phone number show up on a recipient’s caller ID display. Posing as a USCIS official, the scammer then attempts to collect an individual’s personal information such as a Social Security number, passport number or Alien Identification number (A#). In additional to trying to get personal information, the scammer will then say that there is a problem with the individual’s file and try to get payment from the target in order to “correct the problem.”
For your own safety, Berardi Immigration Law offers the following reminders:
- USCIS will never ask for any form of payment or any personal identification information over the phone.
- If anyone calls you identifying themselves as someone from USCIS, ask for their information and tell them you need to verify that this call is authentic and will call them back. Then contact USCIS by one of these methods shown to verify that a problem exists.
- Never share your personal information in any public forum.
If you believe you may have been the target of this latest, or any, immigration related scam, you should report your experience to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.
Berardi Immigration Law is ready to assist you with all immigration needs. Contact us to schedule a consultation.