The Department of Homeland Security has released a notice stating that scammers are changing their caller-ID to say they are calling from “U.S. Immigration” and using the Department of Homeland Security’s hotline number (1-800-323-8603) to trick people into giving away personal information.
The Department of Homeland Security said it NEVER makes outgoing calls from that phone number and any call from that number or from “U.S. Immigration” is a scam. If someone calls you or someone you know from that number and asks you for personal information, do not give it to them. They are not immigration officials and they are likely trying to steal your identity.
There were also reports in the last several years of scammers using the information of local USCIS offices to scam people. USCIS NEVER asks for personal information or payment information over the phone. If you ever get a phone call from a number that looks like it is USCIS and the person asks you for your personal information, do not give it to them. They are not immigration officials and they are trying to scam you into giving away personal information.
If you are concerned about a phone call you received from someone claiming to be an immigration official, do not give them your information. Instead, you can file a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General or the Federal Trade Commission. You can also contact an immigration attorney to discuss your immigration options and whether someone from the government would be contacting you and what you should do.
If you are already a client of Joseph & Hall P.C. and you are concerned about a phone call or document you have received related to your immigration case, contact your attorney to discuss your particular case. If you are not represented by Joseph & Hall P.C. and have questions about your immigration case or status, contact our office to schedule a consultation so we can review your case and your options.
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