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Hispanic Heritage Month: Protecting Your Community

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Some people have no scruples. They take advantage of any situation to defraud others and steal their money. You can help stop them. If you or anyone you know is going through the immigration process, be alert to unauthorized immigration service providers. They will take your money and either do nothing for you or make your immigration situation even worse.  This type of fraud is about more than money: it can mean the difference between a legal status and the rejection or denial of benefits. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t pay a notario, notario público, or a public notary for legal advice on immigration. They are not attorneys and can’t provide legal advice or talk to federal agencies for you.
  • Never pay for forms. Government forms are free and you don’t have to pay for them. You may have to pay when you present the forms to USCIS, but not to get the forms.
  • Get immigration information only from U.S. Government websites. Many scammers have fake websites that look similar to government sites. Make sure you type the right address and that the URL ends in .gov.
  • Don’t reply or click on emails or text that say they’re from the Government and ask for your personal information. The Government doesn’t ask for your information over email or text.

The immigration process is complex and it’s natural to want an easy and quick resolution. But it’s better to be informed and avoid falling for the lies of people who are out to scam you. You can find legitimate help if you need it, although it may take a little bit of research.

If you’ve already been a victim of a scam related to the immigration process, you can file a complaint with the FTC. The more we know, the more we can watch out for unauthorized immigration services providers.

Watch this video to learn more about how to spot an immigration scam and get legitimate help.


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Hello, I had been victim twice of immigration scams!! I was deported and I had been trying to solve my situation, because I have small kids. Anyway, I run into fake immigration attorneys and they took over $8,000 usd from me. Not only, I lost the money, but my hope of being reunited with my kids again. One is DOSH SANTIAGO COVERDALE OF WILLMINGTON,DELAWARE. ANTHONY AZOFEIFA, HIS FATHER EDGAR AZOFEIFA TOLD ME THAT HIS SON WAS AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY AND HE WAS TAKING CARE OF MY PROBLEM. THE THING HERE IS THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO MY IMMIGRATION RECORDS AND PLAY WITH MY EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS. SO PLEASE STOP THEM ANDSENDTHEM TO JAIL!!LET ME KNOW,

Edgar lives in Florida and is scamming people still to this day. His address is 3837 xxx, xxx FL 34xxx

If you have information about a scammer, please report it to the FTC at Or, contact the state Attorney General’s office in the scammer's state.

I think my grandmother may be dating this awful man, do you have any more info on him?

I think my grandmother may be dating this awful man, do you have any more info on him?

If those names mentioned above are really fake attorneys in immigration then they must be reported and must need to be investigate.

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