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30 January 2014

Scam Alert – Caller ID Spoofing

WARNING: We have received several reports of the following scam in just the past few days!

In recent weeks, we learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID.

The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records. Often, scammers will threaten victims with deportation or other negative consequences if they do not pay.

If you receive a call like that, USCIS urges you to hang up immediately.

USCIS never asks for any form of payment or personal information over the phone. Do not give payment or personal information over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. In general, we encourage you to protect your personal information and not to provide details about your immigration application in any public area.

If someone claiming to be from USCIS calls making threats such as deportation and tells you to make a money transfer or go to a store or drug store to purchase a money order, voucher or make some other type of money exchange, payment or withdrawal - do not go along with it - hang up and report it!

If you have been a victim of this telephone scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/, or report it to an appropriate state authority. (Visit  www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for information on where to report scams in your state.)

If you have a question about your immigration record, please call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, or make an InfoPass appointment by visiting our website at http://infopass.uscis.gov/

64 Comments:

At August 21, 2013 at 7:31:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What steps are taken after we report it to Federal Trade Commission?

 
At August 27, 2013 at 7:22:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I set up an Appointment and they didnt help. I've been without working permit since July 2012 and I didnt havent heard from you guys. I called every week and no ones what the hell is the hold up... way to screw hard working peoples lifes.

 
At August 28, 2013 at 3:00:00 PM EDT , Blogger Amit said...

Hi,
Hi,

I got a similar call today. But, to my bad luck, I didnt have gone throught his blog before. Since I am new in USA, I thought it is some verification call from USCIS. I gave my Passport no, Visa no, DOB to that guy. He then asked me to pay $1100. He directed me to the nearest money transfer store. This was the time I got fishy, and hung up. But, in this prcess, I gave all my personal info to him. Now, i am scared what can he do with it. Can he make a fake visa with my visa no? I am scared.

 
At August 29, 2013 at 3:36:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been scammed as well, where the guy claimed that he worked for USCIS before and would help honest people to get thier status and took 5000 $ to get us a temporary green card and from that day he is fooling us saying your request has been made and an appointment letter has been issued, and now he has even stopped picking our calls when we him to give our money back..

 
At August 30, 2013 at 1:48:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a call from state police telling that we have received your file from Immigration. Then he connected me to USCIS official. Then they asked I din fill my Alien no correctly and I'll be deported back. Else pay a fine of 1980$ from CVS moneyback voucher. The guy at CVS told there is a scam going on like that and saved me. I reported the same to Police station and now they are tracing the calls to get to the root of this scandal.

 
At August 30, 2013 at 1:45:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Beacon for posting useful blog here.
Does any of the victim of phone call scam holds Xoom money transfer account ?
Personal details they told me over phone, doesn't match the details I provided to USCIS, but matches Xoom.com account. I have a feeling that information is leaked from there.
Does any had this coincidence ?

 
At August 30, 2013 at 6:23:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAW ATTORNEY'S FEES FOR IMMIGRATION SERVICES
Watch Out!!!

UNFORTUNATELLY MANY PEOPLE TRUST ATTORNEYS OF LAW TO PROCESS FAMILY IMMIGRATION PETITIONS, EVEN DOUGH SOME TIMES THEY ARE NOT "Immigration Attorneys"
I SAY UNFORTUNATELLY BECAUSE MOST OF THEM CHARGE A VERY HIGH FEE TO THEIR CUSTOMER FOR A SIMPLE
IMMIGRATION FORMS (FAMILY PETITIONS)BUT THE WORST, WORST SITUATION IS THAT IN MOST CASES MANY OF THE CUSTOMERS EXPERIENCES, ATTORNEYS ARE WHO MOST DECEIVE THE PUBLIC, THE IMMIGRATONS PETITIONS DO NOT ADVANCE APPROPRIATELY ON TIME, AND THE ATTORNEYS DO NOT INFORM THE CLIENT THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED A NOTICE FRON NVC TO FOLLOW THE PETITION SOME TIMES THE IMMIGRATION PETITION CASE IS CLOSED IF THE APPLICANT DO NOT TAKE ACTION IN A TIMELY AMNNER. AND THIS IS WHEN THE APPLICANT LOOK FOR HELP SOME WHERE ELSE. IS WHEN THE APPLICANT LOOK FOR HELP WITH PUBLIC NOTARIES AND IT IS WHEN THE APPLICANT DESCOVER THAT THERE ARE PLACES LIKE OFFICES OF PUBLIC NOTARY WHO HAS BEEN FOR CERTAIN TIME PERFORMING THIS KIND OF WORK, AND HAVE EXPERIENCE ON THIS FIELD AND OVER ROLL ARE HONEST PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING TO DO THEIR LIVING.
BASE ON A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE,AND MANY OTHER EXPERIENCE FROM PEOPLE I KNOW;
IN ONE SENTENCE I CAN AFFIRM THAT PUBLIC NOTARIES ARE MORE EFFICIENT AND HONEST THAT ATTORNEYS OF LAW.
IS MY POINT OF VIEW AND BASE IN THE ADMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE U.S.A. OF FREE EXPRESION. AS A SIMPLE ADVISE (NOT LEGAL ADVISE) APPLICANTS FOR IMMIGRATION PETITIONS OR RELATED TO IMMIGRATION VISIT A HONEST AND GOOD STANDING PUBLIC NOTARY WITH EXPERTISE IN THE IMMIGRATION FIELD WHO IS IN GOOD STANDING AND RECOGNIZED FOR OTHER PEOPLE OF BEEN DOING ACCUARTE IMMIGRATION PETITIONS.
MANY PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THE DISHONESTY FROM MANY ATTORNEYS, THERE ARE GOOD ATTORNEYS AS WELL, THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED THEIR CASES, BUT THIER FEES STILL EXAGGERATED HIGH. IN MOST OF THE SITUATIONS THE ATTORNEY ASSISTANCE IS NOT NECESSARY, DUE TO THE APPLICANT IS NOT A CRIMINAL AND DO NOT HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD AND /OR DO NOT NEED "REPRESENTATION" IN COURT.
ANOTHER ISSUE IS THAT PEOPLE NEVER CHECK OUT IF THE ATTORNEY IS APPOINTED AS AN "IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY" MOST OF THE ATTORNEYS ARE ATTORNYS FOR ACCIDENTS OR OTHER MATTERS, BUT LIKELY THE PUBLIC NOTARIES THEY HAVE KNOWLEGE TO FEEL OUT IMMIGRATION FORMS, BUT THE GOOD NOTICE IS THAT AN IMMIGRATION LICENSE IS NOT A REQUIREMENT BY LAW, TO FEEL OUT IMMIGRATION FORMS.
BE CAREFUL AND SMART!

WHEN YOU CHOSE THE OFFICE FOR YOUR IMMIGRATION NEEDS.

SCAMS ARE NOT ONLY PUBLIC NOTARIES, SCAMS ALSO COULD BE "SOME" ATTORNEYS WHO TAKE ADAVNTAGE OF THEIR ATTORNEY LICENSE AND OVER CHARGE FOR THEIR IMMIGRATION SERVICES.

GOOD LUCK!


 
At September 2, 2013 at 10:17:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know of some people who works for a guy named Bob - said to be a former employee of the USCIS. These people under the guise of insurance agents promises to help honest people get their status and charge up to $10,000.00 dollars and spilt it with this sweet talking Bob. Unfortunately to this date, no green card (has been almost a year since the promise). I know because I know people who were victimized. Hope somebody will look into this. Ask the couple who lives Artesia.

 
At September 4, 2013 at 5:49:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my students (Citizenship Class) access a wrong website and got scammed. The false site looks very much alike to the immigration site ..... Please be very careful with www.uscis.com it is a fraudulent site; even though I always advice my students to use www.uscis.gov (GOV is not COM)!!!! Be Careful, they get all your personal information plus your money.

 
At September 7, 2013 at 2:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens to the victims of a scam. After they are stripped of their money and there hopes, does the goverment keep punishing them? In what way.

 
At September 7, 2013 at 2:59:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please ALERT people of SCAMS ATTORNEYS AT LAW
for services on IMMIGRATIONPETITIONS, ETC.

 
At September 11, 2013 at 1:24:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received approval for my children's application and was told that they are pending visa allocation. It is now three years since then. How long does this take?

 
At September 11, 2013 at 7:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got into similar situation like Amit today. I didn't pay but lent out my information. I am scared too.

 
At September 25, 2013 at 1:34:00 PM EDT , Blogger Srinivas Kondamadugu said...

I too got call today and asked me to give details. I have given them wrong information even though they said ok and now pay 512 dollars. I hang up again he called and asked me to why you hang up. I said I did not do any mistake and I don't have any criminal from my native country and I can't pay anything to you. If you want to cancel my VISA also I said goahead and cancel it or come down to nearest police station we will settle there. Then, He himself hang up saying you have wasted my time. I said sorry.

 
At October 1, 2013 at 4:18:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from USCIS customer care number today(10/1/2013), saying that I have a case pending against me and due to which I have to deport out of USA right away. I simply said ok and hang up. Thanks to my employer HR team who have already informed us about this scam before hand. This is the second time I am getting this call and now I am planning to report this to USCIS immigration team.

 
At October 9, 2013 at 2:51:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This getting very frequent, even I got a call today I did not pay anything as I smelled something is wrong when he asked me to rush to the Rite aid pharmacy in 15 mins, and asked not to hang up the phone or involve anyone. I said please be on line I will call up the cop. And he hanged up. Worst part is he had all my information, my passport number, my visa control number, expiry date and date of birth. I do not understand is the confidentiality of our information at stake at USCIS. They need to do something, hacking them is become so easy I believe.

 
At October 12, 2013 at 9:05:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a call yesterday, saying they are from USCIS and asked me to update 'A' number and pay some money as a penalty otherwise I'll be deported from the country. Later, I came to know that was a scam and fake call. So, What should be my next step to trace them down or to protect my identity?

 
At October 21, 2013 at 6:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the victim of this call. USCIS is missing my alien number and i will be deported back to my home country. They asked me to take a green dot money voucher from walmart or rite aid. Local police authority will collect it from me. THis is my penalty not updating my Alien number. I logged a police complaint about this. Now i'm scared that people may come to my door.

 
At October 28, 2013 at 4:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Immigration lawyers are the real scams and con artists...!! Notaries and Consultants do a far better job than the so called lawyers.

 
At October 28, 2013 at 11:33:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am a victim of immigration scam where I paid 2800 dollars to a lady named Jennifer to help file my application in 2009, I didn't report as they threaten me to be deport, any advise on what to do? Thanks

 
At November 16, 2013 at 6:24:00 AM EST , Anonymous Rohit Salunkhe said...

I had also received such call!! but refused it!

 
At December 12, 2013 at 9:48:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday i received a call from police telling that we have received your file from Immigration. Then he connected me to USCIS official saying my alien number is incorrect and will be deported immediately. They said this matter can be settled by paying penalty by purchasing vouchers at stores. My husband found it fishy and we were saved. Meanwhile my details were shared. I am really sacred and now i m finding ways to keep myself alert to avoid such scam in future.

 
At January 21, 2014 at 3:07:00 PM EST , Anonymous Parul said...

I received the similar call yesterday from 911 saying that my Alien Registration number is missing and that I will be deported immediately if I do not pay $7800 as security fee. I was given two options - either to pay the money here in the form of Green Dot Money vouchers from RiteAid or go back to my home country within 24 hours and pay there. Unfortunately I had revealed a lot of my personal information before I realized that it was a scam call. Fortunately I realized it in time and did not end up paying any money to them. The moment I said that OK I'll go to my country and pay there, they just disconnected the call and didn't call back.
They did ask during the call if I have recently transferred money through XOOM, and since I have made recent transactions of big amount, I am assuming my information got leaked from XOOM.
It did happen exactly as mentioned in the comments above and in the comments on the following link: http://h1bwiki.com/uscis-911-scam-phone-calls/ - Started with call from 911 from Sg. Steve Marsh.

I am really scared too now.

 
At January 21, 2014 at 9:01:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Received Scam Phone call number: 800-375-5283
Other Scam Phone call number: 5672522020/ 2026979674/911.

On Friday 17th 2014, I received a call from a person. He introduced himself as Kevin Marsh with Indian accent and said that he represents USCIS and said that number displayed on phone is USCIS number and asked me to check by googling that number to confirm. (Later, he threatened me to disconnect the entire device. Everything is monitored by them)
He started by mentioning that I missed out on filling Alien registration number in India for the first time I traveled and US high commission in India is penalizing for this. He said that I have to leave US within 25 days. Between these 25 days, I will be in the Jail and deported back to India . For next 20 years I won’t be allowed to enter US because of bad immigration status and trying to hidn my Identity.
I asked him to contact employer to discuss about this issue.
Kevin Marsh said that the Case is filed on my name and not on employer. He also threatened me not to ask more questions. He mentioned that the allocated time to close the ticket is 3 hrs. He did not allow me to reach the employer nor others.
I requested for proof that he is someone from USCIS and he had all my information like I-94, SSN number, Passport number, US residence details, USA entry date and India Residence address.
I said, I want to reach to my colleague/Husband to help me on this. He did not allow me to talk to anybody. (These kind of frauds will keep you in phone until the time you send the money)
Finally he said don’t panic, We will help you with not leaving country by paying fine here in US of $6300.You will get back deposit money 6000$ and 300$ is fine for you.
He asked me to send that money using green dot Gift cards and Fee waiver letter for submitting to Police officer. I could recharge 500$ at a time in one shop. He made me recharge for 3000$ by visiting 6 shops from Meriden to new haven by cab.
He was continuously on the call for 7 hrs until the time I sent the money.
Finally he said “it’s almost late today, So the officers won’t coming your home” .He asked me to read the Scratch card numbers to generate an Alien registration number and close the tickets. I read the numbers to them over the phone with the code and lost my hard earned money 3000$.
Later, I came to know through my colleague. I am cheated by this blood sucking fraud people. Later,I filed a Case.
When i search in naukri account and find out which employer viewed my profile on the date I received this call.
I got a call on Jan 17th and shocked after viewed below details in the naukri. It is exactly getting matched as per viewer comment.
Similar things are happened to my friend husband. He modified the country details in the Job portal. He got a call within a few days. It looks they are getting all the USA job profiles details in the job portal. They are using different consultancy name to view the profile details. But, Location looks same New Delhi and Noida.
Recruiter Details:
RPM Consulting -NEW DELHI-Jan 17, 2014
Classic Informatics Pvt. Ltd-NEW DELHI Software Services-Jan 16, 2014
Classic Informatics Pvt. Ltd.-NEW DELHI Software Services-Jan 14, 2014
These blood sucking cheaters will be caught very soon.......They can’t continue to cheat like this for long.

 
At January 30, 2014 at 1:51:00 PM EST , Blogger Mayank Sheth said...

On 01/28/14, I received a call from a person representing USCIS and said that number displayed on phone is USCIS number and asked me to verify on USCIS website. He started by saying I am under surveillance and under strict protocols to not disconnect the phone, not to put phone on hold, or talk to anyone about the issue. He said that I missed out on updating Alien number and I will be deported within 48 hours if I don't comply with procedure he is going to mention. He had all my information like passport number, i-94 number, SSN, where I work, how much money I make. He asked about my current loan in US and told me I will have to give him amount equivalent to pending loan amount in order to put hold on deportation. So if my background check is not cleared they will transfer that amount to financial institution. He asked me to take out cash from my bank and go to nearest CVS/Rite Aid pharmacy to buy MoneyPak vouchers. Once I withdraw the cash, they are going to freeze my bank accounts. I did the same, took cash and bought vouchers worth of $5600 and gave him the voucher numbers. After giving him number, he said numbers I have provided is not valid and I will have to follow same procedure for another $3500. Unfortunately, I did the same and provided numbers of new vouchers. Following that he said wait for 10mins he will check the status on my file and get back to me. I waited and phone got disconnected. I was on phone for almost 6hours. When phone got disconnected on its own in between, he threatened me saying did I disconnect the phone on purpose? After phone got disconnected, I waited for them to call back which they did earlier and after waiting for 20mins, I called back on same number where I realized I was victim of scam. Now I have lost $9100 of my hard earned money and filed a complaint too.

 
At January 31, 2014 at 2:55:00 PM EST , Blogger Rajeev Kumar said...

On Friday 31st 2014, I received a call from a person. He introduced himself as Sgt. Kevin Marsh with a small Indian accent and said that he represents USCIS and said that number displayed on phone is USCIS number and asked me to check by googling that number to confirm. Strange the number was only 4 digit number i.e. 1911. (Later, he threatened me to not disconnect the entire device. Everything is monitored by them)
He started by mentioning that I missed out on filling Alien registration and i24 number in India for the first time I traveled and US high commission in India is penalizing for this.
And the cops are coming to arrest me and i may got to jail for this.
They were asking me for my passport details and all which i didn't give them. Then I asked them for their Badge #, Phone number he disconnected the call.

This is a hoax so please don't pay anything to these people it's your hard earned money.

 
At February 1, 2014 at 7:17:00 AM EST , Anonymous StevenSmith said...

I too got call today and asked me to give details. I have given them wrong information even though they said ok and now pay 512 dollars. I hang up again he called and asked me to why you hang up. I said I did not do any mistake and I don't have any criminal from my native country and I can't pay anything to you. If you want to cancel my VISA also I said goahead and cancel it or come down to nearest police station we will settle there. Then, He himself hang up saying you have wasted my time. I said sorry.

 
At February 8, 2014 at 8:15:00 AM EST , Anonymous Priyansh said...

Exactly agree with you because now a days getting too much scam call .

 
At February 19, 2014 at 4:26:00 PM EST , Blogger Vic said...

I have also received a fake call regarding this and they said I am trying to hide information from USCIS and they have a case against me, they will deport me etc. then they started pulling my personal and bank info. and i said no to them.

Then they started threatening me that police will come to pick me up but I said that i have not done anything wrong so you can send anyone to my location and my layer will speak to him.

Please beware of these fake calls.

 
At February 23, 2014 at 2:11:00 AM EST , Anonymous ราคายางพารา said...

I had also received such call!! but refused it!...

 
At March 7, 2014 at 4:57:00 AM EST , Anonymous Ottavio Nuccio - Abiti da sposo uomo said...

I have received a call regarding this and they said I am trying to hide information from USCIS, but I immediatly understand that it was a fake call and I said that i've never do something wrong. they told me that police will come and pick up me, and I just hang up! Now I know I was right! Please beware of these fake calls.
Continue on awaring people, great job!

 
At March 9, 2014 at 8:11:00 AM EDT , Anonymous free b2b market said...

Yesterday I receive a call like USCIS and hang up immediately. Thanks for your reminder.

 
At March 9, 2014 at 12:47:00 PM EDT , Anonymous jasa penerjemah said...

I get a same call today. unfornutatally , I did not have gone throught his blog before. I am new in USA, I think it is some verification call from USCIS. I give my Passport no, Visa no, DOB to that guy. He then asked me to pay $1100. He directed me to the nearest money transfer store. This was the time I got fishy, and hung up. But, in this prcess, I gave all my personal info to him. Now, i am scared what can he do with it. Can he make a fake visa with my visa no? I am scared.

 
At March 11, 2014 at 11:23:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The hackers dont know yet that they are being recorded by several people ... and these calls are then being analysed by the crime team who will definately catch the people behind these scams .... If you receive such a call .. Please record it ... and share the word so that we all can make sure the people behind these scams are in prison !!

 
At March 19, 2014 at 2:26:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what should we do first if we are already be the victim of the scammers? Baju Muslim

 
At March 20, 2014 at 7:47:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Rahul Chalana said...

Hey i am from india and me too got the same call but i didn't pick it because i was in meeting and after reading this article what should i do now??

 
At March 21, 2014 at 2:02:00 PM EDT , Blogger daniel Chandra said...

I too got call today and asked me to give details. I have given them wrong information even though they said ok and now pay 512 dollars. I hang up again he called and asked me to why you hang up. I said I did not do any mistake and I don't have any criminal from my native country and I can't pay anything to you. If you want to cancel my VISA also I said goahead and cancel it or come down to nearest police station we will settle there. Then, He himself hang up saying you have wasted my time. I said sorry.
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At March 26, 2014 at 1:17:00 AM EDT , Blogger Unknown said...

On 26th March 2014 I got a call from the number 1 800 375 5283. One lady started talking to me saying I am calling from the USCIS department and we have a case which is been filed against your name. She told me that I have not notified the US authorities of my Alien registration number. I told her that I did fill in all details the day I entered this country. She still was not ready to listen and threatened me that Police will come to your home if you not co operate. They will put you behind bars. Then she transferred the call to another person saying he will help you out if you co operate and answer all questions being asked by him. The person introduced himself as John Spencer officer of USCIS. He was trying to explain me the consequences if I dont answer to his questions or dont co operate in the process. When I told him that I would first want to talk with my employer here. He told me that better not to involve any third party, otherwise this will bring you more trouble. He gave me the case id number as IN16125. He even told that my number is under surveillance and you are been monitored of all your activity. Listening to all this I got scared. He asked me about my DOB/Date of entry and passport number.

He put forth two options if I want to come out of this situation. Provision 18 and Provision 20. Per him Provision 18 asks you to go back to your home country and pay a penalty of $500 and $6000 as a security deposit you will have to pay. The one DS32 form too needs to be filled in. the $6000 amount would be given to you in the form of check by cops who will come at your place for verification. Under provision 20 you can stay in US and settle this matter. Even I will have to go for penalty vouchers. All through this he advised me not to disconnect the call and even if you want to make a call then conference it. Just dont try to disconnect it.

He advised me to go out and withdraw the amount from the bank. Then from there told me to purchase 8 vouchers which I have to recharge it with the denomination of $500 each. On the back side of the vouchers a number is mentioned which I told him and he noted it down. Then he transferred the phone to State Police Dept saying your case has now been resolved but still for your deportation thing to be stopped you will have to pay a penalty of another $6800. I followed the same instructions and ended up paying my hard earned money to them. At the end he gave me the temporary alien number 109223/752220 which will get converted to the permanent one within two days.

After all this when I came to home and discussed this with my friend he told me to search on the internet and to my utter surprise I was a victim of this scandal.

My bad that I didnt go through this blog earlier. One thing I noticed here that most of the affected people are from India and I think may be from some job portal or through money transfer website (e.g. xoom) they might have got all this information.

Guys be aware of such hoax calls and dont entertain them. Just report to the authority here that such issues are now rampant.



 
At March 26, 2014 at 11:06:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the same call today. Unfortunately, I haven't read any of these blogs or the related scam earlier. I ended up giving some of personal information. as some of the guys stated, it seems clear that they took information from Naukri job portal. I realized the call is fake when they asked me to pay the penalty using the vouchers. I told them why USCIS asking for vouchers. I told them I can come down to USCIS office. they dropped off after then.

 
At April 4, 2014 at 1:07:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
My husband also got the same call today from 911 and USCIS number saying that I have problem with Alien number and that it will cancel my EAD and that I might get arrested and will be deported back. However we didnt came across this blog and ended up giving them 3500 dollar.We immediately filed to local police.

 
At April 14, 2014 at 7:14:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody I know was victim of this exact same fraud....scare tactics from sombody imperonating as USCIS officer along with another faking as Indian Embassy person trying to help with avoiding deportation.....scammed more than $20,000.

Law Enforcement and Green Dot Moneypak people are not doing anything to detect and prevent these crimes. Money order companies are providing a conduit for fraud. They should be responsible for refunds just like credit card companies when somebody is defrauded in credit card fraud.

Guys Beware!! These fraudsters know that people check blogs only after they have already been had.

If you are victimized, make sure you hold Police and money order companies feet to fire until they get your money back. That is the only way they will have incentive to go after criminals.

 
At April 17, 2014 at 3:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a similar call - and then found this blog. He mentioned that I have been transferring money using Xoom - he had all that information. I think its Xoom from where the information is leaking.

Thank you people for sharing your experiences and saving me from a disaster today.

 
At April 25, 2014 at 5:44:00 PM EDT , Anonymous RU said...

I just got harrassed and cursed out by this same guy you all have been talking about, just because I called him out on this scam (I have been getting phone calls for the past year by other scammers posing as IRS agents who threaten to deport my husband, so I was already aware of these a@#es....). I want all of my brothers and sisters, wherever in the world you have come from, to PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU WILL NEVER BE CONTACTED VIA PHONE BY ANY AGENCY THAT HAS SOME "WARRANT" OUT FOR YOUR ARREST, or any agency that has the authority to "deport" you!! There is a reason that your communications with these agencies are (1) in writing, and (2) have so much legaleze in them that you may need a lawyer to explain what they want from you.

If you have provided your legitimate info to a scammer, you NEED to contact the agencies who issued that info to you IMMEDIATELY. You will find yourself explaining the situation I don't know how many times, but you need to protect yourself, so you'll do it. These agencies are aware of most of the scams, and people like me have reported whatever numbers these guys have been calling from to the FBI and the FTC. You should, also - there is strength in numbers.

Besides just taking the call and hanging up on these guys, you can tell them that you have not received a certified letter from their agency about the situation, and that you know that this is a necessary step in deportation proceedings. I had two guys hang up on me from two different numbers. If you receive these types of calls, PLEASE know that NO government agency demands payment of any type over the phone EVER. Before you venture to give them any identifying numbers, ask them what the fees are up front. Then tell them that you need the letter from the agency so you can prove to the agency that you have fulfilled this "requirement." If they still threaten and hound you, I like the idea mentioned above about telling them to meet you at your local police station (don't tell them where it is - if they know so much about you, they should know this info, too!) to get this all straightened out once and for all.

Lastly, DO NOT PANIC when these guys call - just be smart about how you handle them. These guys want to scare you out of your hard-earned money because they don't have real jobs themselves. Stay safe!

 
At April 29, 2014 at 11:21:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from 1-800-767-1833 number first to my home and then on my cell phone. This is USCIS number so anyone will be confused but this is fake call
You have to check things before answering their questions:
1) The call will displayed Unknown and will only display 1-800-767-1833 number. If this will be actually comming from USCIS then i believe it would display USCIS or somthing related to that.
2) Before starting the conversation it must say "this call recorded or monitored " but i did not said that.
3) When i asked the person i did not hear that message then he said we are calling not you so you did not get that message that's not true. Then after that he hung up the call.
4) When i called back to USCIS I got the message "this call recorded or monitored " and the officer gave his detail and his identification number before starting the conversation. Then she told me yes people are getting these type of fake calls.

 
At May 5, 2014 at 11:19:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got similar call from 911 om Apr 29th 2014. Wasting my 20 mins time but he couldn't be doubted as he had some info at me. I updated resume on naukri and the same rpm consulting new delhi viewed my profile the same day I got this horrible call. I didn't compromise personal details than when I entered US first. I complained in ftc but anything else to be done ?

 
At May 7, 2014 at 9:33:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Rosalie Smith said...

I had an worst situation in which i responded to scam call unknowingly mentioning they are from bank. Still cops are finding them. so guys please do not respond to some international call especially from Pakistan and Afghanistan as i read some where that caller ID spoofing rate in these country are more and you can be victim too. It was very good to read above but i have been already an prey of caller ID spoofing.

 
At May 7, 2014 at 9:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this blog. Today I received a similar call fortunately I did not give him any personal info or any money and I am saved by this blog.Than you everybody and stay safe !!!

 
At May 19, 2014 at 10:18:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What steps are taken after we report it to Federal Trade Commission?
Greate ! A visually refreshing and knowledgeable blog. Thanks for share
Đồ bộ đẹp bé gái

 
At May 28, 2014 at 2:02:00 PM EDT , Blogger Sudhanshu said...

I just received similar call. the guy on phone was shouting and trying to scare me but I frustrated him enough and instead he gave up :)

 
At May 31, 2014 at 10:08:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had posted a blog with specifics about Steve Marsh and a link to an immigration website which is embedded in this site http://immigrationroad.com/resource/case-status.php

which frequently collect your personal information and then you receive a call from a person named Steve Marsh with an 911 ID on your phone. The blog was not posted why? Is this an inside job?

Never post your personal information on this website:
http://immigrationroad.com/resource/case-status.php

 
At June 3, 2014 at 2:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got impacted by this too recently, I checked this only after I lost money. Please find other ways to communicate to your immigrant family, colleagues and friends.

 
At June 3, 2014 at 5:52:00 PM EDT , Anonymous sravan said...

RPM consulting , NEW DELHI are the guys doing this fake calls , yesterday they viewed my profile in www.naukri.com and on the same day i received a spoof ID call from 911 / from USCIS saying that i am about to deport , i have to go to Rite Aid Pharmacy and i have to buy some vouchers , so that the case can be closed. They come up with a story saying that i haven't filled DS 320 form and i havent updated my A Number with the immigration, So they want to deport me. Guys please call the police if you receive these kind of calls.

 
At June 9, 2014 at 11:59:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call this morning - the number on caller ID was indeed the USCIS number - when I asked for proof that he was calling from USCIS he started yelling at me saying I don't know how to talk respectfully to federal agents. I said I wanted to speak with my husband and he said no - I was going to be deported immediately - I hung up - he called again - but I didn't pick up. Thank you for posting this on the blog and alerting people. I kept telling him that USCIS would only send formal communication by land mail and not call - but he kept yelling - he was quite convincing. We also got a call from a similar scammer pretending to be from IRS last week.

 
At June 10, 2014 at 2:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call on June 6th while at work from 911 claiming that my husband was arrested (he works from home) & I am being deported. Told me not to hang up or use any social media on the phone since it was under surveillance. Asked me to rush home & not hang up. I left for home only to find my husband safe & sound & the call had got disconnected half way to home. Didnt ask me for money but did scare the hell out of me. I called 911 to report the call & they did have the local police call to reassure me that it was a scam.

 
At June 12, 2014 at 3:34:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I filed a FBI complaint and they asked me to publicize this so more people can complain and enter the information. If more people complain and its worthy of FBI looking into this, they will take up the case. Please make sure that each of us victims complain here so can end this manace. I had the same problem and they made me to run around home depots and buy ReloadIT cards to transfer a huge some. The source of our scam is also naukri.com where RPM consulting viewed the profile the day i got the call. Please share this link with all your friends as well so they can go and complain even if it has been sometime since they were victims. Numbers matter.

http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

 
At June 16, 2014 at 9:31:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Tour Murah ke Bali said...

Thank you for posting this blog. Today I received a similar call fortunately I did not give him any personal info or any money and I am saved by this blog.Than you everybody and stay safe !!!

 
At June 20, 2014 at 6:59:00 PM EDT , Anonymous URMobile Shop said...

I just talked to someone the other day who told me someone has been using his number for call spoofing and it's been about a year and the police are still investigating!

I can't believe there are some people trying to pose as USIS representatives, I will have to let my friends and family know too

 
At June 22, 2014 at 2:34:00 AM EDT , Blogger Ms Mandrita Mukherjee said...

Received Scam Phone call number: 911 (Emergency number)
Other Scam Phone call number: 1 800 375 5283

On Thursday 19th June 2014, I received a call from a person. He introduced himself as Sargent from Washington DC with American accent and said that he represents state police and threatened me to disconnect the entire device. Everything is monitored by them and not to disclose this to any third party.
He started by mentioning that I missed out on filling Alien registration number in India for the first time I traveled and US high commission in India is penalizing for this. He said that I have to leave US within 24 hrs. Between these 24 hrs, I will be in the Jail and deported back to India as I am trying to hide information from the government. I will never be able to enter US again and all the educational and professional certificates will be ceased.
Then I was connected to the immigration officer David Parks (extn: 0079). He mentioned that the allocated time to close the ticket is 3 hrs to avoid my arrest. He did not allow me to reach the employer nor others.
He had all my information like I-94, SSN number, Passport number, US residence details, USA entry date and India Residence address.
I said, I want to reach to my employer. He did not allow me to talk to anybody. (These kind of frauds will keep you in phone until the time you send the money)
Finally he said don’t panic, We will help you with not leaving country by paying fine here in US of $6300 (half the amount of the car loan I have).You will get back deposit money $6000 as an immigration officer will come and hand me the cheque which I can get encashed in 48 hrs..
He asked me to send that money using 12 Reloaditt cards of $500 each. He was continuously on the call for 7 hrs until the time I sent the money..He asked me to read the Scratch card numbers to generate an Alien registration number and close the tickets. I read the numbers to them over the phone with the code and lost my hard earned money 3000$.
Later, I came to know through my colleague. I am cheated by this blood sucking fraud people. Later,I filed a Case.
When i search in naukri account and find out which employer viewed my profile on the date I received this call. Employer was RPM consulting New delhi.

 
At June 23, 2014 at 12:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just received a call from a Mr. Cooper supposedly from the US CIS. He asked me if I had received any calls recently about my status and then transferred me to a supervisor. Once there the supervisor asked me the question again to see if I was trying to run away from the situation and out of the country. When I started laughing he became belligerent over the phone, called me a Pakistani (the horror) and said that he would send FBI over to my house immediately. When I asked if that was the best he could do he then said he would transfer me to the FBI. The call then rang a few times and a FBI recording came up saying I had reached them in Washington DC. Some normal prompts came up like if you know your party extension please press 1 etc etc. 0 was for the operator. I pressed 0 and an Operator 20 picked up and identified herself as such. Then the call went silent. I asked if this is the part where I was supposed to be scared and finally hung up.

Seriously there has to be a way to go after these guys. Come on NSA - you can hear the call. Go after these guys too. It will be excellent PR for you.

 
At June 24, 2014 at 11:42:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This morning I got a call from supposed uscis.gov. Caller ID had toll free number matched what was on USCIS.gov website. I asked for the guy's name said it was Matson Scott, MD2102. I asked for a manager, I got transferred to a supposed Craig Miller. I didnt feel comfortable giving any information, but apparently he had my address. I tried calling the uscis number on my Caller ID apparently no way to get a hold of them. I work for a phone company and I understand it is very easy for someone to fake a phone number on callerID with software on a computer.

 
At June 25, 2014 at 3:19:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been getting this call for a while. I hope these guys gets caught soon. He always leaves threatening messages on the phone. Today I almost fell for it. When he asked me to give me my cell and that he will guide me through how to pay the penalty money, I told him to give me local govt office, since I am surrounded by many. I said I will promptly go and pay. He yelled at me for doubting him and hung up saying FBI will be there at my door soon. Sorry to hear so many of you lost money on this scam.
I sure hope FBI catches them sooner than later. It's such a nuisance.

 
At June 29, 2014 at 2:57:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

got a call from someone claiming to be in USCIS. Got suspicious as this sort of communication usually happens in written correspondence. Plus, govt officials only work on weekdays. So getting a call from someone on the weekend was weird. So I hung up.

 
At June 30, 2014 at 4:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I received a similar phone call. It was from 911. The person mentioned that he had a deportation order to deliver to me. When I inquired why, he said there is a case lodged by Department of Homeland Security. He even transferred me to someone else from DHS. The second person mentioned that I had not provided my Alien Registration number the first time I entered the US, hence the action. I tried to drill deeper into the matter and he mentioned it was the American High Commission in India who had reported this and that USCIS was simply defending them. When asked if they had sent any letters, he mentioned the letters were dispatched on so-and-so dates. On digging deeper, he mentioned he would connect me to his supervisor. After a few seconds, the call got disconnected.

 
At July 1, 2014 at 5:14:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in CA East bay. Received a similar call saying that I have a complaint as my alien # was not updated for several years. I asked them to send a postal mail. It was transferred from a lady (Michelle) to another man. I was informed that the USCIS sent several postal mails regarding the complaint and because there was no response, I am being called. I asked for the complaint reference # and he hung up!

 

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