Be careful about immigration scams

Source: consumer.ftc.gov Release Time: 03:29:05 2019-07-12

What scams can happen in the immigration process? Well, the most common scams that we see are people who offer to provide immigration services but they are not authorized to provide those services. They will charge you a fee for doing that, but they will often bungle your paperwork. Sometimes they will pretend to be lawyers. Sometimes they will call themselves notarios to convince you that they are able to provide that assistance to you. The other type of scam that we see are fake government websites. These are websites that look legitimate, but they are not legitimate. Their website addresses do not end in .gov, and these people cannot help you. And then the third type of scam that we see are the individuals and businesses that charge you money for free government forms. You should not be paying money for free government forms.

What happens to people who get scammed? The people who get scammed will, of course, lose the money that they have invested. Whatever fees they have paid will be gone. But, more importantly, for a lot of people, their immigration status can be jeopardized. By filling out the wrong form, by missing a deadline, by having incorrect information on a form, a person’s immigration status can be put in significant jeopardy.

The most important things to know are, first of all, notarios are not lawyers. Do not pay them for immigration services. Second, if you see a scam, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov. Third, go to the FTC website for assistance in finding somebody who can help you. Go to ftc.gov/immigration.