News Update: Reported Phone Scam

Reported USCIS Phone Scam

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced that they are aware of a telephone scam where applicants and petitioners are being contacted by phone. Apparently, the scammers have obtained a list of petitioners and applicants and have spoofed the caller ID system so it appears that the USCIS is the caller. The scammer advises of an error, and then requests personal information and payments to correct same.

Needless to say, it is not the policy or procedure of the USCIS to request information or payment by phone. The standard operating procedure for the USCIS is to notify the applicant in writing, with a copy to the attorney. Should you be contacted, it is recommended that you not give any information, especially credit card numbers. However, if you’re unsure and think it may be legitimate, you should obtain the information and forward it to your legal counsel who will address the matter in your behalf.

To report a telephone scam to the Federal Trade Commission