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25 June 2015

Scam Alert – Caller ID Spoofing

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!

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. The scammers may also already possess the personal information of those they target.

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 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/

135 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 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
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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!

 
At July 3, 2014 at 6:32:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Jay said...

I received the same type of call today. The numbers matched up etc. (I remembered USCIS # - don't ask me why! LOL) The guy (who was clearly Indian with poor command on English language) told me he was from USCIS, etc. I was immediately suspicious. He transferred me over to a "supervisor" who told me there was an non-bailable arrest warrant against me and I could be deported within 72 Hours! He also said an FBI agent was monitoring the call! At this moment my suspicion was confirmed and I told him I was going to call USCIS myself and he said something like "You'll be arrested in 30-40 minutes " and I hung up on him.

BTW, I've been living in the US for 10+ years and I don't as much have a speeding ticket!
1) IF, you have an arrest warrant, they never tell you. Its the responsibility of local police.
2) FBI has nothing to do with immigration.

I don't understand where they got so much of my information from!! Any clue?

Thanks.

 
At July 10, 2014 at 2:20:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recieved a call this morning saying that there is an immigration complaint against me. The person had my last name and asked me to hold on and he would transfer the call to an agent. He had an Indian accent. It clearly sounded like a scam and I hung up before he transferred me. They tried caling back 3-4 times and I did not answer. This is a total scam. They spoofed the number and INS caller ID. Beware.

 
At July 10, 2014 at 6:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Received a call on 7/8/2014, was on call for 4 hrs and didn't realize until I saw this blog. Gave all the personal information like SSN, passport number etc. Lost $5000 by greendotmoneypak cards. RPM Consulting is the profile visitor on Naukri. Now, should I change my phone number, do they know my current address. ICE Agent called me back today to tell me that they are investigating the case and hope they catch the criminals. Scared to take any unknown calls.. Not sure if we are safe at all.

 
At July 11, 2014 at 10:45:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I received a call from (800) 375-5283 number. I checked that the number belongs to USCIS. I could not receive the call but was expecting an voice message but no message was left. I think this is a Caller ID Spoofing.

 
At July 15, 2014 at 2:06:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife received a similar call, actually 2 in a span of 1hr asking for me and saying that there was a case filed against me on the second occasion. On calling USCIS I realize that all the communication from them is always in writing. Fortunatly my wife did not give my cell number or any other details. Then I found this blog to realize that this fraud has been going on for a while. Thank you all for sharing your experience

 
At July 20, 2014 at 10:13:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I got a similar call from 1800-767-1833 on Saturday afternoon. Dude, with fake English accent, gave me his name and "badge" number saying that they received my passport application and that their is a complaint against me. Wanted me to call him back at 202-506-8005 number. RIIIGHT!! I sure was born in the morning but not yesterday morning. So, I called him back on Sunday evening and left him a voice message with WTOP news bulletin. At least he will know how the traffic and weather is in DC area now.

 
At July 24, 2014 at 7:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so sad to hear so many people've lost their hard earned money to these scammers , yet many of you have come forward to share your story.Thanks to all of you who are saving many of us being victim of this widespread scam.
I also 'd started receiving these nasty threatening calls since last year.It was from so called IRS agent. I knew its scam on the very first gut feeling . I still call my husband to call that number and see if any truth to that . I told my husband not to pass any information although they had his name and address(which i think not a big deal , anyone can get that) . My husband called them from his work and asked them to mail the papers . they kept on passing his call from one officer to another senior so called fraud officer . They told him if he makes the payment of 4000$ this case can be dropped ,if they mail the documents he may have to pay 16000$.
my husband told them he is ok paying IRS 16000$ if he owes that amount.they hung up! couple weeks later we saw in the news exact same messages which we received were fraud .
it did stop for a while now started receiving similar calls for couple weeks . this time my caller ID shows US GOVERNMENT( 1800 767 1833) and i picked up the phone . caller asked my name and how am i related and before i would tell he already assumed that I'm his wife . He said did you receive call from your local police department as there is a serious investigation going on . I said "no". i again asked what is it about ? words i heard "IRS" . that was truly funny and i told him IRS do not call people on phone to threaten and i didn't receive any papers from IRS. This guy over the phone yelled at me do you want to get arrested with your husband and asked me to hold as he'll transfer my call to his senior and actually hung up . this time ,called my local police station to report . they told they receive 20 such complaints each day . Police officer told not to answer any of their questions and do not give any info and hang up the phone .
Last week we received the same call and my hubby answered him in Hindi and caller said what language are you speaking sir . and my husband kept answering him in Hindi that you know very well what I'm saying and caller hung up after that .
Now Ive started receiving latest calls from so called USCIS and that girl herself looks terrified left message blah blah blah . Ive it for proof and my husband calls her its their new recruit .She is under training….
Im sharing this with all of my friends . Remember they make money out of these calls thats why they are surviving and I'm sure not for too long! Keep posting !!

 
At July 25, 2014 at 8:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from the same numbers as the july 20 message. Unfortunately i did not see this blog in time. Nervous with my information being out there.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 8:32:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a similar Scam Call from number 911.

Similar threat were given concerning immigration status or deported to home country. He asked me to leave from job immediately, not to inform anyone about call, keep the phone on (no mute, hang up, hold) and reach home and talk to immigration officer to whom he will transfer line.

Luckily it just got hanged up in 5 mins before I share any information or do anything.

I think USCIS should issue pop up notification on its website saying they are not making calls or asking for any information like this as a caution.

Also investigations should be made against such fake callers and punished.

 
At August 1, 2014 at 2:13:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in NJ. Received a similar call saying that I have a complaint as my alien # was not updated for several years. Total crap. I stayed on the phone and tried to take as much info as I could. She (Rose Johnson) gave me a number to contact 202-241-0179. Obviously I never did, but I am waiting for them to call me back so that I can get some information about these scammers. Guess the position of the lady I talked to.... "Deportation officer".... Funny.

 
At August 5, 2014 at 4:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On August 5, 2014, I received a call from a person. He introduced himself as Kevin with Indian accent and said that he is calling from USCIS customer support and said that number displayed on phone is USCIS number and asked me to check by googling that number to confirm. He asked me the details about my VISA extension and I said my husband takes care after all that. So I need to get information from him, only then we can converse further. The number from which he called was a local number 359 173-583. Later, he gave me a file number and asked me to note it down. He asked me to call him back after 30 minutes on this number 5513331021. I immediately called my husband and we were shocked about how my mail id and phone number reached the embassy, because no where was my contacts mentioned. After googling I found that it was a spam and I did not call them back. For my surprise I again received a call after an hour from the real USCIS number 1800 375-5283. I was still skeptical about it. But I answered the call and the guy on the other end started telling my DOB and mail id. I asked him why are these details asked for. He told some alien registration and visa extension stuff. I directly told that I read about the spam on USCIS and do not want to trust the phone call. Thats it the call just went blank.

 
At August 6, 2014 at 12:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday I received similar call from 1800-375-5283 which I missed. After 30 min I received another call from 1-416-364-1115 which is Ontario, Canada number. Lady on other side was already knowing my personal details like DOB, two personal email address etc. and seeking some more information. Luckily for me it was Canada number so I refused to talked to hear till she don't call me from official number and hanged up.

 
At August 13, 2014 at 3:47:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just about an hour a go a received a call from 1800 375 5283. As I was not aware about the nbr, I didn't answer any of her questions (Ester Polly id JP00356). She wanted to speak to my husband so I said he is not in USA, further asking me how come I dont know where is he, my head is saying this is like IRS so didn't bother to answer. However, she hang up, but later found 1800 375 5283 is actual USCIS nbr and as while talking to her I took her id I thought maybe this is real. Called real USCIS to investigate if anything is really issued on us while we are long time lawful residents. Got stressed for 10/15mins, came to this postings and after reading feeling very angry at this kind of scam and how come USA is not able to take any action. I didn't give her any info so that was good. Normally any federal agencies mail out notices or letter if anything is ever pending or has issue.

 
At August 13, 2014 at 3:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got a call from 1800 375 5283 some Ester Polly id JD00356 they are really getting good at this by the way. I asked to mail me the notice she got upset and hang up. Please don't give any info to anyone.

 
At August 14, 2014 at 4:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a similar call just now (August 14th) from 1800-375-5283, ditto... he has the indian accent and said that the number we are calling from is very safe, had my personal details like my DOB, full name etc and asked for my passport and I-94 number for verification. Fortunately i'm familiar with these fake calls and did not give anything out. He asked me to call back 551-333-1021 regarding some I-94 that i did not fill in correctly and i never made that call.

 
At August 18, 2014 at 11:09:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recieved phone call from 800-375-5283.Girl ask for my husband,I told he is not home who are you and whayt can I help you with.She told me my husband is in trouble with immigtation and we will regrade is something bad will happened to our family.I told her I will report her for scam and she hung up

 
At August 21, 2014 at 11:54:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there is a link between submitting a feedback to uscis and receiving a prank call. I got a similar call yesterday only after submitting a feedback to uscis but never before and when I googled the number 18003755283 I saw similar prank posts all linked to uscis.

 
At August 27, 2014 at 6:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the victim of the same scam. After the call, I had all my credit cards cancelled and also opened new bank accounts. I also activated fraud alert on my credit tracking. The one area I am worried is that I provided passport information to the scammer posing as immigration officer. I still have my physical passport with me. Would I need to reapply for a new passport?

 
At August 27, 2014 at 10:33:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I also got the same call today from USCIS number saying that I have problem with my I94 and he said his name is paul and that I might get arrested and will be deported back. However we didnt came across this blog and ended up giving them around 6000 usd dollar.We immediately filed to local police. But today is avery bad day. I have my green card sicne three years but not sure how I was fooled . I lived in US for more than 15 years, but yet follled played.

 
At August 28, 2014 at 1:07:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got scammed yesterday for $4000. The same thing happened to me as its described in many of the comments... These scammers had all my personal information .. passport, previous address, I-94, employment details...5 hrs of ordeal took an emotional toll on me..

I reported to the cops. they seem to be logging many such reports lately. But i dont think anything is being done by the law enforcement.

With so many of us getting scammed on a daily basis, I wonder where our informaiton is getting leaked. This calls for an FBI investigation.

 
At September 1, 2014 at 10:53:00 AM EDT , Blogger David Duval said...

I recieved phone call from 800-375-5283.Girl ask for my husband,I told he is not home who are you and whayt can I help you with.She told me my husband is in trouble with immigtation and we will regrade is something bad will happened to our family.I told her I will report her for scam and she hung up

 
At September 4, 2014 at 10:02:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Mario Verville said...

I was the victim of the same scam. After the call, I had all my credit cards cancelled and also opened new bank accounts. I also activated fraud alert on my credit tracking.

 
At September 6, 2014 at 5:21:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from from a girl yesterday saying she was an official of USCIS. She told its verification and asked all the details like my passport no, I94, home address, office address. She also asked me for 310$ to be payed in walgreens through greendotmoneytransfer, I dint knew about this scam going on and I payed 310$ and lost my money.
I am afraid they have my passport no and my I94 information will go misused under there hands.

 
At September 9, 2014 at 7:07:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happenned with me today. I asked for an office address at my location where I can go and provide this information in person. Also said that I am not comfortable providing this information on a telephone as this confidential data.
I was going through all these comments and I see link to the naukri.com profile views. And I too updated my profile few days back. And my recent profile view showed this recruiter:

Aspirant Overseas Pvt Ltd
NEW DELHI
CRM/ IT Enabled Services/BPO

 
At September 10, 2014 at 8:27:00 AM EDT , Blogger Anthony Parent said...

Like phony USCIS calls, there are phony IRS scam calls. I put up an article to tell. Sometimes the IRS *may* call you. But only under limited circumstances. http://www.irsmedic.com/2013/09/18/irs-scam-companies/

 
At September 10, 2014 at 12:56:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received similar call from USCIS number 800-375-5283 asking for information regarding my I94. They have my Indian Passport number, my DoB and my home address. Am I in trouble???

 
At September 10, 2014 at 1:51:00 PM EDT , Blogger Karthik Shanth said...

Dear all, My wife did got such a call from a person stating employing of USCIS. They give exact details about my wife like DOB, Our address, email id, phone number and stated her i-94 was on H1B in 2012, but she is now on H4. They asked her passport number to verify. All these conversation was happening in our landline phone, meanwhile my wife quickly called me from her mobile and told this. I alerted her, this is a scam and dont give out any details to them. Thank god she called me, otherwise she would have scared and would have given the personal details.

Be safe. The worst part is how come all our personal details are exposed to these scammers!!!.. Some one might have hacked the USCIS data.

 
At September 10, 2014 at 10:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from from a girl today saying she was an official of USCIS. She told its verification and asked all the details like my passport no, I94, home address, DOB,my USA arrival date.Then she transfered the call to Airport autthourity person(fake).That guy also taken all information and asked me to pay 330$ at Doller Tree through greendotmoney voucher(he gave Dollar Tree address too), I dint knew about this scam going on.After giving all information when he forced me to pay amount immediately without wait,I had doubt
and told him 'can't able to pay till my husband arrives'.Thne he said he has to move my file urgently and this will happen after my payment only.After that officers will come to my home to verify my passport,I-94 and VISA.Funny part he gave me my new I-94 number too.I escaped from loosing money but I am afraid they have my passport no and I94 information which they may misuse.

Call came from '1-800-375-5283' which is registered USCIS number which made me to scare for a moment till I read this blogs and know about the scam.He gave his number as 206-317-1659(Airport authority batch number as S2004) to call back him again after the payment.

 
At September 12, 2014 at 4:28:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a call from the scammer (18007671833)about a affidavit & phone call from US Embassy and they wanted me to talk to their higher authority. Did not continue the conversation and hung-up. The caller sounded like a offshore call center person.

 
At September 12, 2014 at 4:50:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a call from 1-800-375-5283; call spoofing and the guy with Indian Accent threathed me about a complaint filed in New Delhi against me. I don't even have a speeding ticket let alone any sort of complant; Ultimately I realized this was a scam and luckely did NOT give out any personal information. Please be aware - Don't fall for it.

 
At September 16, 2014 at 5:31:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS,
can you please post this link in your homepage in RED so people can get updated as soon as they enter site. if not homepage atleast post it in a most visited page like "USCIS My case status" page?

I just got a call and I googled quickly and got this page

thanks!!

 
At September 17, 2014 at 3:12:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

got a call from 18003755283 and I told the scammer that he will be deported, so careful

 
At September 18, 2014 at 12:25:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been getting scam calls from this number 202 241 7084. Claims to be from USCIS - Male with Indian Accent. Be careful

 
At September 19, 2014 at 3:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG thank so much for this website, almost got scammed lol I just hang up after reading these comments. They refused to let me call them back and insisted on staying on the line. Surprisingly they gave me the real USCIS phone number to call them back at.

 
At September 27, 2014 at 1:10:00 AM EDT , Anonymous p agarwal said...

Just got scammed today for $8300. The call first came from 911 then 8003755283. They knew my name, address, birth date, legal status and husband name. Made me withdraw cash from bank and buy comeback cards. I have filed police complaint as well as at www.ic3.gov

 
At October 1, 2014 at 10:04:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got similar call today at home and my mom who speaks very little English. So they has translator for Gujarati language. Fortunately she knew about similar scams and she threatened them to call cops and hung up. The caller id says TTY and (800) 767-1833 phone number.

 
At October 1, 2014 at 12:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife received a call from Unknown, then 911, then 1-800-375-5283. The scammers had a lot of our information and asked my wife to verify all the information were true.. They won her trust by asking the right questions and threatened her not to keep the phone down or call anyone else. In short they asked her to withdraw $8300 in cash and go to a near by store to get a payment card to make a payment to resolve the case and make her status valid in the US. Since she got scared by the scammers not knowing that they are fake and refused to pick my calls /text messages for over 2 hours. I tracked her phone through www.lookout.com (best to install this security app on every android phone) and happen to see that she is at a local bank which is very unusual. Thank god I was able to get there just in time to stop her from following their instructions further. She is still in shock of how they got all our details.

Pattern: 12.45 pm you will get a call from unknown number which will be followed by a call from 911 then a call from 1-800-375-5283 saying they are calling from US Marshalls Office.
Most of the people who land in the US with a H1B or H4 and who dont understand the immigration processes are vulnerable to such calls.. Please let your friends and family know about such calls so that we can protect people from such scammers.

**Points to note: 911 and 1-800-375-5283 are numbers for people to reach out to the Government.. None of the government officials will call from here.. If you get a call please hang up and reach out to USCIS and make a complaint.

 
At October 7, 2014 at 6:57:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Received call from 18007671833 @10/6/2014 7:06PM through 10/7/2014 for dozen times - asks for Name and threatens deportation and call 2023392179 john -

 
At October 9, 2014 at 5:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received the similar call today and I simply ask the officer to give his Fed. ID# and direct line that I could call him back. He was hesitant and in a threat-full voice replied that if don't cooperate FBI will show up in the next 20 minutes with cops with arrest warrants. Upon enquiring for the reason he replied that my country of origin has filed a compliant against me and that I am subject to deportation. I simply ignored his threat and asked if I could call him back to confirm that he is not a Scam Artist to further discuss the issue. To my amusement they replied that the number should be on your caller ID and hung up the phone. The conversation was so interesting that if I was not getting late for work I would continued the discussion to see where exactly this leads to. On my way to work I wished that I have put him on the speaker phone and recorded his conversation with other cell phone for submission to FBI or law enforcement authorities for voice analysis. tracking and investigation. Both "assistant" and the "supervisor" (scammers) had the same accent - and the background noise depicted the atmosphere of a call center or internet cafe'. I think the best way to deal with these guy's to get the conversation recorded - a let them hear the playback (LOL)

 
At October 12, 2014 at 1:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you get such call, and if you call back the same number, the call seems to go those scammers. That call will not go to USCIS, like if you were to dial that number directly.

I tried it several times. Most of the time it went to Fax machine.
Sometime, it gets picked up and I could hear the same background noise that I heard when I was called. However, they didn't say anything and simply hung up.

 
At October 15, 2014 at 4:33:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Received a call at 12:45PM today from a 1911 number. A male voice said he was from the San Jose police department and said there has been a case filed against me at the USCIS and it was important for me to talk to USCIS. Asked me to wait online and connected me to the USCIS.
Officer Rose Johnson introduced herself said I had defaulted on reporting my alien A# to my I-94. She gave her agent # and some other info about her and said I will need to go to the San Jose International Airport to the Dept of Homeland Security with my passport, driver license, naturalization certificate and all my documents immediately. I said OK I will do it. She repeated that this is not a joke and I should take her seriously and said there is a fine of $782 for this. I told her I will visit the San Jose airport and she said I will need to do it immediately as today was the last day and I will be marked as an illegal alien in their system and will be deported immediately. She then started forcing me for my cell phone number. I told her to call my land line. She again threatened that this was not a joke. I did not give her my cell phone number and told her she can call my land line and it will forward to my cell phone. She said she will stay online and I will need to go to the local CVS pharmacy or Kroger and withdraw cash and buy some tickets. Again warned me that today is the last day and she is helping me out here. I asked her for her address and phone number and she said her address is 111 Massachussetts Ave, Washington DC 20529. Her number was 800-767-1833. She also gave her employee ID.
I told her I am not doing this. She said she will mark my record as a terrorist and I will be deported immediately and hung up.

 
At October 17, 2014 at 2:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a similar call yest. and he said that I did not ask for A Number or Alien Number and my country has now filed a case and they asked me to withdraw $4000 and go to Kroger or Food 4 Less .. I followed their advice till I reached Food 4 Less and while sitting int the car, I got a bit suspicious why USCIS would deal with security vouches of Food 4 Less

I checked on internet for USCIS Alien Number scan and got this as first link

Thank you so much for this blog post.

The number that flashed on screen was that first of 911 and then of USCIS.

I can say with a lot of confidence and conviction that the two guys whom I talked were using fake american accent but they cudnt replicate .. They were of Pakistani Origin and possibly in UK or Pakistan (North)

Be careful of these swindlers .. just tell them there are some cops near by where u r currently and that you can walk up to them about this ... they'll immediately put down the phone.

 
At November 24, 2014 at 1:40:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been getting this call for few times. they left a voice mail. Today, i asked them who are you and they used the bad 4 letter word and hung up the phone. they called again, and i did not answer...

 
At December 2, 2014 at 1:19:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call today regarding the same hoax today. The guy cunningly got the USCIS call spoof, which made it authenticate for me. He got my SSN along with passport and address details. I am going to SSN office tomorrow to secure my privacy. If any one has any suggestion please post.

 
At December 12, 2014 at 8:42:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello USCIS team,

I received the same call today.
A person posing as Senior Counsler Craigs Miller, and the hindi interpreter , called me and they were very rude.
Miller told me that my I-94 is not registered with Customs and there is a legal case in place on my name , where as I DO NOT have any case on me and USCIS have all the updated I-94 , address and visa .
The call got disconnected due to bad network and the voice mail, that miller left on my number consists of threat of deportation in 24 hours and arrest in 15 minutes.
I wonder how they get all this information.

They told me to add all my information on https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html
but USCIS already have my updated I-94's.

USCIS really need to curb this fraud.

Maninder Shergill

 
At December 16, 2014 at 6:09:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The scammers are operating from Hyderabad, India. They steal info from Naukri.com. USCIS & 911 are spoofed through VOIP phones.

The guys are call center scam artist criminals who pull accent to scam.


 
At December 18, 2014 at 11:42:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call today. here is the low down..

1. the number was from USCIS
2. I pay off shore developers via paypal, xoom so i was played right into his theory
3. He used good scare tactics about deportation, no-entry for 11 yrs, case filed in homeland etc
4. I asked him whats the next course and he said I have to $2907 in goldman certified bond, which apparently is ReloadIt
(Thats when I knew its a scam)

a. By now, I started toying with him. I told him I want my attorney on the call as per section 57B (fake)
b. I said I have right to appeal the amount based on section 67A (fake)
b. I asked him to provide his USCIS badge number for court hearing and also for witness list
c. By now he knew I was messing with him. He said he has to get his boss which ended up being some fake number

Remember,
1. USCIS never calls. Ever. Instead they will send you a letter with their intentions.
2. All aliens have rights for appeal. Deportation is granted by a court
3. Government will never ask for money on the phone, less by some food vouchers.

 
At December 22, 2014 at 7:05:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I got a scam call from 1-800-375-5283, however, the name was unavailable. It was suppose to be from a legal department. But the call sounded extremely fake, I wondered how can US immigration department off-shore its call center to Mumbai, and sure enough it was a fake one from there.

 
At December 30, 2014 at 5:33:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was also called and they spoofed USCIS numbers, but my friends helped me asking me to hang up. exercise caution, do not share any information

 
At January 7, 2015 at 2:54:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call today at around 12:30. Same ANR number not entered when first visiting India and that they are coming to my house and arrest me in few minutes. I knew it was a scam but it did scare the hell out of me because he started off by calling my name and he was correct about my origin. When i kept asking for his name and other details, he stopped talking and hung up. He called me again but i dint pick it up. Then i came across this blog. Thank God! I dint reveal any other info than how long i am here in the US.

 
At January 9, 2015 at 2:05:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the same call yesterday from 911, saying that you have not filled Alien registration number and should be deported back to your country by police and asked to show guarantee bonds for $5872 through moneypak cards and then said your workpermit got frozen and u need to pay 1600 to get temp work permit and again called today morning.. mean time I did some research and when he called today morning, I said I reported police about this and then he disconnected the call and did not called. Bad thing is putting me on too much tension for almost 5 hrs.

Friends... if you get that kind of call, report 911 to track the caller. he never let you disconnect the call or talk to others.. so be careful. Don't give any personal info and don't do any money transactions.

 
At January 16, 2015 at 10:25:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am getting call for last three days on and off. I asked him that I am bored with your call, please find something new to reap money out of the honest people. He hung up.... I hope he stops annoying call.

 
At February 4, 2015 at 3:28:00 PM EST , Blogger Aman Goyal said...

I also got a call and they have my lot of information like when I landed in USA, when I went out from USA, how I transfer money. They even have my passport number. I didn't give money to them because I thought government won't ask for money and that too on the name of individual.

 
At February 13, 2015 at 12:24:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a call from so called state police telling that we have received your Immigration information of my first visit and information are not correct and so I'll be deported back.He also threaten me to send police to hand cuff me. I asked him that Let me talk to my Company legal department and I hang up the phone. And yes, information given was same as Xoom account.

 
At February 13, 2015 at 11:12:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife received a call from Unknown, then 911, then 1-800-375-5283. The scammers had a lot of our information and asked my wife to verify all the information were true. The same usual story that Alien number was not updated and there are police officers who were going to arrest her. They told her that she needs to pay a penalty of 4000$ at local USCIS office and they would only accept cash. She was not allowed to talk to anyone in the process, but she was smart enough to text me and get me involved. She withdrew the cash as per instructions and then was asked to goto nearest walmart to make a wire transfer. At this point we got suspicious and went to the local police station and police asked the caller to stop scamming.

We found out from real USCIS that most of the information has been hacked from USCIS systems and scammers are misusing the information. We are definitely concerned that the scammers already have a lot of personal information

Real USCIS officer has asked everyone to file a complaint at www.ftc.gov/complaint. Not sure if it will help, but hopefully some action will be taken.

 
At February 19, 2015 at 4:34:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A call from USCIS working with the IRS and local police to collect money. Be aware of Mr. William or Mr. Park
929-800-4602 is the number they used. My wife almost gave them $$$

 
At February 27, 2015 at 6:57:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had similar experience as Aman today where I got a call from fake uscis/state police official saying some issue with my alien number but they had some of my address info beforehand and info about my port of entry the first time I arrived in USA. It was very creepy and very concerning, I'm worried about my information and identity.

 
At March 19, 2015 at 8:34:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also received the same call 911 the trasferred to uscis no. Ended up loosing 3000 dollars...these fuckers are still out there threatening people..and making money...

 
At March 23, 2015 at 12:15:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also got a Scam 911 call from 911 number last week, and then they transferred to USCIS number, and they threatened me a lot, unfortunately I became a victim and ended up losing $3000

 
At March 23, 2015 at 5:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Angry Targeted Frustrated said...

My wife (Indian-American) received a call from a person with Thick American Accent asking for $4000 or else face deportation. She got scared and almost ended up in the Bank.

I WONDER WHAT IS USCIS/FBI/POLICE DOING ABOUT IT?

This guy did not seem to be calling from offshore, I am sure if the police wants they can trace these guys who are preying on gullible people.

New Immigrants houses being targeted for robbery was not a new thing and NOW THIS SCAM!

USCIS BETTER WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At March 23, 2015 at 5:47:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that these calls are being made for last 18 Months. Is USCIS going to do something about it? How difficult it is to trace a call? Do they realize how much this can scare anybody?

 
At March 29, 2015 at 11:02:00 AM EDT , Blogger anomymous said...

hi, I too have same problem can you pls tell me how and what forward step should be taken ??? we have given SSN no so is there any problem in future??? how should we resolve this ..plz reply.

 
At April 1, 2015 at 7:07:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a call today from 911 saying he is an officer from USCIS. I got really scared and nervous for a second. He started telling me that i havent filled my I 94 with accurate information and am trying to hide my identity from the government which in case i should be deported back to my country immediately.Also, said that i am not eligible to enter this country for next 20 years. I then immediately tracked my status online and told him that i have submitted all the required docs and nothing was pending from my end. I then just hung the call saying i need to talk to my husband for further details.

 
At April 2, 2015 at 12:30:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a hoax call today saying I would be arrested and deported back to my home country because of illegal immigration. The person said he is a USCIS official. He added saying I am an illegal immigrant as I dont have alien registration number along with i94. They asked me to pay 980$ or deal with court case which would cost me 72000$ if i lose. They also asked me not to use any electronic device. Beware of such calls and do not be a victim.

 
At April 17, 2015 at 3:58:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Nivedita rani said...

I have been badly threatened the same way Mayank Sethi has been scamed. I received a call from police 911 saying we have a arrest warrant against your name for not submitting your I 94 on time. And said you are being deported from country and nitabloowes to work for next 18 years. I was scared as it has been just 4 months for me to have entered this country. He had all my details of my travel journey. When j entered US when I left and when j again traveled back. I connected the dots and thought its a genuine call. The number displayed was also from the USCIS. Then he asked me to pay the penalty. I here thought it might be a fake call . But as you say when it is a bad day it is a bad day. Nothing can stop. Your mind stops working . He even sent me a cab saying this would be a vehicle fm US authority. This was the biggest mistake k did. I request all readers reading this article. Don't get into unknown cabs. Your life is way more important than money. But the loss I have incurred cannot be returned. Here he guided me to the nearest bank of smarties where I took 2800$ cash and then with his can only I went to the nearest Walmart in San Jose and deposited him the money in set of three 899,889,897 $ each with his name kenny James Gonzales . Till Thai time he was constantly on the call with me. And don't allowed me to talk to any one or discuss that a USCIS person is there in call with me. Saying this is a very confidential call and I m not suppose to disclose to anyone. I realised the fact quite some late. And tried if I could cancel my transaction from the bank or from the money gram office. But it was way too late. And the money was already being received at the other end. I don't know who they're were. But I have lost my hard earned money in a very initial phase of my career. I am sharing my experience with all the other readers atleast there should not be any other like me. The money we earn is very important . And not for these scammers and spoofers . May God punish them. I have high hopes from US government that atleast they will take care of immigrants like em who travel to theire country with high hopes. We have seen a big United States technology system. It's time to serve your people with the same system.

 
At May 1, 2015 at 10:10:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today is May 1 2015 . Yesterday I got a similar call from a woman claiming to be Rose Jhonson from USCIS who said she is going to transfer my case to our local office in ND. Another gentleman came on line asked me a few questions and before the conversation went far I asked him to meet me personally since we were in the same town. He game me an address where he was and I told him I will see him soon. I went to the address which he had given me and there was no USCIS office there or anywhere else in town. I have reported this incidence to the police and the immigration authorities in the state.

 
At May 14, 2015 at 11:42:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from 911 today early morning. The guy started threatening from start of the call like are you still in bed,go in good reception area.He said he is from washington dc police department and has received a case against me from uscis for my deportation. And that information on my I-94 from my first visit in incorrect/missing. That sounded weird, why would uscis deport me for any missing/incorrect information? Wouldn't they send out a notice to correct that information before taking a drastic step? He started further scaring me saying deportation means you cannot enter the country for 20yrs.
I told him if there was any missing information why would uscis give me green card in the first place. He pretty much disconnected the call after that and haven't received any call back. When I checked online I found this blog. Thankfully no information was share nor did i have to give any money.
But its scared me, this guy might have my info.
I am verifying all my accounts for identity theft and would visit local uscis office to verify.

 
At May 24, 2015 at 2:10:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same incident happened with me on 20th May and I lost 5000 USD. I have filed complaint to police department and FTC. What is it that you all are doing in case if you believe that your personal details like ssn, passport number, alien number, I94 number have been compromised?

 
At June 4, 2015 at 5:56:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a call on 2nd June 2015 stating that there has been some issue with the DS-160 form that was filled and submitted in my country (India). They said that the call was from USCIS and since I have made a mistake in my visa application form (DS-160), I was told that FBI are down to arrest me and hence I need to get a bail if I have not done anything wrong. I was asked to pay $1800 in order to get a bail out. Being a student, I ran to my International Office at the University and confirmed from the legal authorities if there was any issue with my status of being a student, and I was told that if there was any issue, my college will find out first and no one can approach me directly without intimating the authorities.
In case any one out there receives similar calls, please make sure that under any manager or university if you have received a visa, no one can approach you directly without intimating them.

 
At June 5, 2015 at 7:00:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today is 5th June 2015 . Yesterday 4th June , i went through a similar scam which everyone above mentioned.

I got a call from 911 , the caller was rude and asked why am i ignoring call from USCIS. USCIS has a case against me since i did not file some "A number" when i had entered the country and that i will be arrested and deported back to India.I told them that i am a Green card holder. They said that did not matter since this case of missing number was specific to my I94 case. when i kept requesting them that i wanted to talk to my husband and make a call , they kept threatening me that since my husband is in India its out of US jurisdiction & that if i disconnect the call , i will get arrested instantly. i blindly followed the orders from the callers calling from 800 375 5283. i made me withdraw $5300 . they said $300 was the non-refundable fine & $5000 was the refundable fine that i can claim by taking the receipt to the my local USCIS agency. After 3 rounds of western union money transfer from 3 "stores" through "money in minutes" options . i was getting frustrated going from one "store" to another and begged them the permission to let me talk to my husband. Finally i texted my husband & he texted back saying its a SCAM and those people were taking me for me ride. when i came home to google on this case i feel so stupid losing $2100 , my peace of mind & not having the ability to use my presence of mind.

i filed complain in the police , honestly there was no support and frankly they did not really care . There are thousands of cases that happen in a daily basis.

 
At June 7, 2015 at 7:41:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got scammed today for $2000 ,
, extactly the same story as mentioned above

 
At June 20, 2015 at 11:41:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got scammed, BIG TIME! and I paid the money, $ 1800. Same story, threatening with deportation and jail time. I have not done anything illegal but I was scared of being arrested for nothing. Please let schools know about this. The international students need to be warned. I wish I had seen this blog before.

 

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