Skip to content

What to look for to avoid scam artists

Immigrants need to be wary of the companies they deal with, as scam artists may try and take advantage of them if they're not careful.

Typically the first thing on an immigrant's mind when they come to the United States is earning a living so that they can send money home to their families. However, in immigrants' haste to start making money quickly, they should pursue their endeavors with caution, as they may happen upon scam artists looking to prey upon unsuspecting victims.

To help immigrants discern what are legitimate operations and what may be fraudulent ones, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services offers a few pointers.

Because scammers know that the USCIS is the governing body that grants visas, green cards and employment authorization documents, some claim that by filing with them, immigrants can avoid the fees and wait periods they may encounter with the government entity. USCIS says immigrants should be very wary of these claims, as they are generally untrue.

While some scammers encourage immigrants to avoid the USCIS, others claim to be the USCIS by offering official-looking documents and web pages. A good indication the immigration service provider in question is fraudulent is if they offer downloadable forms and instructions for a price. USCIS says all forms it offers are free to download and have detailed information on filing fees and processing times.

Another way scam artists try to fool immigrants is by claiming they are government agencies that were once in operation but are no longer. For instance, the Immigration and Naturalization Service used to be the government body that oversaw immigration policies and benefits. But that body was dissolved in March 2003. The USCIS was put in its place, which is governed by the Department of Homeland Security. The INS was under the Department of Justice.

Therefore, if websites or purported immigration service providers claims to be the INS – or refer immigrants to them – it's a good bet they're scammers.

Fortunately, every state in the U.S. has resources immigrants can turn to if they've been victimized by a scam. These can be found here.

The Better Business Bureau is another organization immigrants can turn to for reporting a scam or to determining whether a business is legitimate. Immigrants can familiarize themselves with the site by visiting here.

Helpful links:

Better Business Bureau – Reporting scams

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services – Avoiding scams

Read more from Other
  1. Sep 12 2013

    What to look for to avoid scam artists | The Official Blog

  2. My brother suggested I might like this web site.
    He was totally right. This post actually made
    my day. You can not imagine simpl hhow muych time I had spent for this information!

  3. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m inspired!
    Very helpful info specifically the ultimate section :) I
    care for such info much. I used to be looking for this particular info for a very long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  4. If some one desires to be updated with latest technologies after that
    he must be go too see this web page and be up to dare everyday.

  5. Sep 22 2013

    I have to thank yyou for the efforts you’ve put in writing this
    site. I am hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.

    In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own, personal blog now ;)

  6. Sep 23 2013

    Thank you, I’ve recently been searching for info approximately this subject for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now. However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the source?

  7. Oct 4 2013

    This really is a terrific site, could you be interested in performing an interview about just how you produced it? If so e-mail me!

  8. Oct 4 2013

    great post, extremely informative. I wonder why the other specialists of this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing. I am confident, you’ve a fantastic readers

  9. Oct 4 2013

    Outstanding post, you’ve got pointed out some very good details , I likewise conceive this s a really good internet site.

  10. Excellent, what a web ste it is! Thhis blog presents helpful information
    to us, keep it up.

  11. I’m no longer certain where you are getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time studying much more or figuring out more.
    Thank you for excellent info I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  4. Breakfree
  5. Google

Comments are closed.