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Scam Alerts and Fraud Warnings

USCIS Alert: Imposter Calls

9/13/2016
USCIS message reminding stakeholders to be alert to scam phone calls in which someone impersonating a government official or law enforcement officer claims that there is a problem with an immigration application and demands money to continue the immigration process.
AILA Doc. No. 16091301

Avoid Payment Scams: USCIS Does Not Accept Fees By Phone or Email

8/24/2016
USCIS warns stakeholders to be aware of immigration scams, including instances in which scammers call or email pretending to be a government official. USCIS notes that it will never ask for payment over the phone or in an email.
AILA Doc. No. 16082402

USCIS Alert Regarding Immigration Scams on Expanded DACA/DAPA

4/6/2015
USCIS alert reminding stakeholders that due to a temporary injunction issued in Texas v. United States, USCIS has been prevented from accepting requests under the expanded DACA guidelines and suspended plans to accept requests for DAPA.
AILA Doc. No. 15040660

USCIS Alert: Be Careful of Immigration Scams During Tax Season

3/30/2015
USCIS alert regarding scams during tax season, urging the immigrant community to be aware of tax preparers that offer to also help prepare and file immigration forms. Individuals and businesses that prepare tax returns may not be authorized to assist with immigration services.
AILA Doc. No. 15033060

Consumer Alert on DACA Renewals

7/22/2014
Consumer alert available in English and Spanish about renewing Deferred Action grants and avoiding notarios—please share widely!
AILA Doc. No. 14072247

USCIS Warns of “Spoofing” Scam

5/14/2013

USCIS has advised stakeholders of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called "Caller ID spoofing" to display false information on the recipient's Caller ID, leading the individual to believe that the caller is a USCIS official.

AILA Consumer Advisory: Deferred Action for Certain Young Immigrants: Don’t Get Scammed!

8/8/2012
AILA adds Spanish language advisory following the 8/3/12 USCIS release of updated DACA FAQs. This document cautions those who will apply for deferred action to wait until 8/15/12 as well as listing detailed eligibility criteria as outlined by USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 12062148