The latest scam announced by the Better Business Bureau targets visa applicants to demand money or personal information. The scammers are posing as immigration officials and have even parodied the US Citizen and Immigration Services phone number.
Scammers will call visa applicants and claim that they work for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Typically they will have some information about you including a name, phone, number, and even what visa you applied for. The caller will tell you that the government has changed the fees associated with the visa application and that you will need to wire money immediately or be denied the visa.
Additionally the caller may even threat to have you or a loved one deported if you fail to comply.
If you or a loved one receive a suspicious phone from an individual from the USCIS do not provide them with additional personal information or wire them money. Instead, hand up and call the real USCIS at 1-800-375-5283. A scammer might even suggest that you call them back but they'll provide simply another line built into their system to scam visa applicants for money.
Although the immigration process can be lengthy, it is important to understand what the USCIS will and will not do, including reaching out to applicants for paying their fees. Contact one of our experienced immigration attorneys at 1 (855) 722-2552 to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one with immigration procedures.