The Public Engagement Division of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services warned the public yesterday of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS customers.
According to a USCIS statement, most of the victims who have notified USCIS about this scam are non-immigrants from India. Scammers use a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s caller ID. The scammer pretends to be a USCIS official and asks for personal information such as Social Security number, passport number, or alien number. They claim there are problems with the person’s immigration records, and ask for immediate payment to correct those records.
“If you receive a call like this, we urge you to say ‘No, thank you’ and hang up immediately,” USCIS said.
USCIS stressed that it never asks for payment or personal information over the phone.
“Any request we make for payment would come in the mail on USCIS letterhead stationery. Do not give payment or personal information over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. We encourage you to protect your personal information and not to share details about your immigration case in any public area,” the USCIS statement adds.
If you have been a victim of this telephone scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/, or report it to an appropriate state authority. Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for information on where to report scams in one’s state.
If you have a question about your immigration record, call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, or make an InfoPass appointment by visiting the USCIS website at http://infopass.uscis.gov/. (Saipan Tribune)