Who Are You?

You get a call from someone saying she works for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She seems to know exactly who you are. She might already know your name and address, and might even know what kind of visa you’ve applied for. She says you have to pay a new fee – and, if you don’t wire money immediately, your hopes of immigrating will be lost. She might even threaten you with arrest or deportation. 

Except it’s not really USCIS calling. It’s a scammer who’s targeting foreign nationals, looking for their money and personal information.

If this sounds familiar, it might be because we posted about a similar scam last month. Those scammers also tried to sound like USCIS, and they tried to convince you to pay them. These scammers, however, have taken the scam to a new level.

These scammers have spoofed the real USCIS phone number – which means the real USCIS number shows up on your caller ID, even though the scammers are calling from an entirely different number. They’ve even mocked up the USCIS phone tree, so if you call them back on a number the scammer gave you, it sounds very much like you’re calling the real USCIS. Since these scammers have personal information about you, and they’re calling from what seems like a USCIS phone number, the call seems like the real thing. But it’s not.

What should you do if you get a call like this? 

  • Whatever they tell you, don’t wire any money. “Don’t give payment over the phone to anyone who calls claiming to be a USCIS official,” said USCIS Press Secretary Chris Bentley. “USCIS will never call someone to ask for any form of payment over the phone.”
  • Hang up and call the real USCIS at 1-800-375-5283. Tell them what happened. They’ll tell you what to do next.

Remember, you can’t be sure of who’s calling you. Never give your personal information – like your I-94 number, “A” number, or visa control number – to anyone who calls you, no matter who they claim to be. Hang up and call the real USCIS:  1-800-375-5283.

To learn more about this scam, read the USCIS consumer alert.

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit

Comments

Scary stuff. Hope they catch those so-n-so's soon.

recived a ck in mail claming,that I had won 100,000
it even gave me the number for an I.R.S agent,anyway it was a counterfeeit ck!Someone schould check it out because they claim to be an I.R.S. angent,they wanted me to send 2,180.00 to get my money

I have people who have got me four 1400.00.They supposedly called from the federal reserve commission. What can I do to get my money back?

You can't ever get your money back. Don't send money to anyone.

I received a phone call yesterday purporting to be from the IRS in Washington. Their telephone number came up on my phone and they even gave me a name! They threatened to take away my home, car, citizenship, have me deported, freeze my bank account, hold my wages and that by the time I got home, there would be the IRS waiting to arrest me and keep me in jail for up to 90 days for something I had no idea about. Obviously this was a scam because as soon as I started asking them questions as to what this was about, they pretended not to hear me and hung up. I'll be happy to disclose the telephone number and name to any investigative authority upon satisfactory ID.

How far can they take this on their next try!

For you, Debbie- You will never get a phone call like that from the IRS. You would have legal documentation and you would absolutely know.
Advise on what to say : if you flat out tell them to kiss you _____ and *$%# off, more than likely they will hang up on YOU ! it works also " laughing" at them will get rid of them. Don't make your self a victim. Always take the upper hand in the situation. Good luck and don't take in the b.s. yzrthmost

I got a call at work today stating they were from Federal Trade Commission about some legal stuff I told the caller that I will contact the FTC to see if I had some legal issues in which I don't. These callers have a foreign accent. Also I have received calls from people in California indicating they are calling from the US Attorney office about a criminal matter that involves me I never been to California nor do I practice any criminal behavior I wish the calls would stop especially when they are calling my work number something need to be done about this

I received a call from some stating that I was being sued and the social security dept and he/she had a foreign. I was also scammed out of $900.00

so many deception today, around the world. be careful. money won't come so that easy.

I reported Fraud and as far as I know nothing has happened yet. Interstate Law Group In Las Vegas Nevada. In informed you, The Better business, LA Police Department, My Bank, My Mortgage Company, Consumer Protection, etc. They were to do a new Modification or me by telling me my last one was not worth the paper it was written on. My house went up for Foreclosure and all of this because of a Fraudulent Company. To keep my house I had to pay $17,000. to Chase Bank. Even though I complained to everyone but God it still did not get me anywhere. You would think that they would follow up on this I send the Official right to their door step and yet not one phone call to me telling me that they shut the down. It would be nice to know the out come if being a victim of Fraud.

I have someone calling saying they are from FTC but still want money sent can u help

I received a call this afternoon from 00-876-585-1311. The first thing they asked was: is this your cell phone? I responded no. They said something else I could not understand - the gentleman sounded weird in his voice and has accent. When I inquired if I could help? He responded "No". I hung up the phone. I would like to report that number to the authority but do not know which one and how. Please advise. It is clear this was either a prank call or they wanted to scam us for something.

Got a call from a 209-320-1388 number claiming to be from the IRS and wanted to know if i was aware of an investigation on my taxes. he wanted me to call the supervising agent on the case who would be able to help me, blah, blah. individual had a heavy accent.

My husband got call tht they are calling from US marshals deptt he didnt do some entry ..so need to pay fees .... they knew no. name co.name ..... as protocol they asked not to share it with third party ... they hacked the caller ID they called from the no. that showed on their website ... we got fooled

I got a call at work and my personal phone from 551-333-1021.They claimed that he/she was from immigration. They were asking for a lot of personal details. I hung up and tried calling the USCIS. is the number genuine ?. If it's a scam, it seems to be a long winded process to lodge a complaint on the phone with USCIS, so many options to press.

The real USCIS is 1-800-375-5283. You can call them and report what happened. It's best not to give personal information over the phone if you're not sure who is calling you.

I got a call from 800-375-5283 and one lady said she is my case co-ordinator and she was telling all my information and i thought its real call and number which was showing in my cell , was same as USCIS number and she knew most of the information about me and by that way she took my information like I94 number n all..and later she said my Alien number is not updated and she asked me to buy green dot voucher of worth 830$ and paid and later she gave me 551 333 1021 number and said next day morning kevin smith executive will come and he will give me my alien card and refundable amount check.Now i felt its fake so i called up 551 333 1021 this number and asked them to return back my money but they said next morning will send check and they were threadning me and also i complained in Federal dept, USCIS. Call is still going to that number ,how will i get my money back because that caller is still active and my main worry is they got all my information,how will i protect that now.

I lost 2950$ with USCIS number just today. This is too scary. They have all your information.

Roshan -If you have a phone number that you can reach the crooks then give it to the police.

it was a live call from person named Rajan claiming to call from USCIS and asking for my info and that I missed reporting some I-94 info to them. As a result I will be deported unless I paid money to them. On refusal, he started to curse. I hung up but they keep calling from same number in caller id 800-375-5283. But that is real USCIS number. Where is FBI and other agencies to put these bastards behind bars who scam innocent hard working people with financial losses?

I just got another call from someone with a heavy foreign accident who couldn't even pronounce my name saying he is from USCIS. Third call so far. The caller ID said USCIS once, Private name another time and this time, Immigration&Nat. The second one was in a matter of minute after the first one disconnected. My husband tried to call his bluff but he was not phased by it at all. Today I told the guy on the line I have reported him and to stop calling and he asked me to have a "f***ing day". I pleasantly told him "You too!" and disconnected. Problem is, the phone number on the caller ID was 800-375-5283 which is the real USCIS number.

I just got a call from someone claiming to be a USCIS counselor and they threatened me with deportation because I misfiled my alien registration number even though I am a citizen... He demanded I pay money right away or go to jail. Although I was scared I hung up and called the real USCIS and learned that it was a scam.

You can file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov/complaint. Impersonating a federal agent is a criminal offense.

I received a phone call today with USCIS customer service number, have filled a report and hope that this can be ended.

I just got call from 800-375-5283. He was calling from U.S. Citizenship and immigration department. They were saying some issue with my visa and immigration status so filled case against me in my country. Than I hung up call. He called me 3-4 times with different nos. I haven't replied.

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