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05 March 2014

USCIS Recognizes National Consumer Protection Week

USCIS is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 2-8, 2014. Each year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) coordinates NCPW to encourage consumers to take advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.

USCIS is committed to helping you avoid becoming victims of immigration scams. We want to provide customers with information on common scams as well as tips on how to avoid becoming a victim, obtain authorized legal services, and to report scam activity. 

A few common immigration scams include:
  • Telephone spoofing and phishing scams from individuals claiming to be from USCIS, requesting personal information, identifying false problems with your immigration records, and asking for payment to correct the records.
  • Charging fees for USCIS forms that can be downloaded from www.uscis.gov/forms for free.
  • Local businesses or individuals that guarantee immigration benefits, faster services, and/or access to USCIS officials for a fee.
USCIS encourages you to:
  • Safeguard personal information, including alien registration numbers (A-numbers). An A-number is as important to protect as a social security number or bank account information.
  • Read form instructions before completing the form and be sure to understand the form before signing. Never sign blank forms.
  • Use the USCIS website, www.uscis.gov, as the official United States government source for information on U.S. citizenship and immigration benefits. 
  • Contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 if you are unsure of the validity of a call, email, or mail you receive from someone claiming to be from USCIS.
To learn more about avoiding scams, please visit our website at www.uscis.gov/avoidscams or www.uscis.gov/eviteestafas.

3 Comments:

At March 28, 2014 at 2:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello USCIS team. It has been observed that there has been a huge delay in the processing of EB1C applicants at the NSC. Would you like to provide any information on what is causing the delay and when can the applicants start expecting some progress on the same. There are applicants who have applied for the adjustment of status as early as mid last year. Would appreciate any information / update you can provide.

 
At April 12, 2014 at 10:54:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS Please VALIDATE all the EB1C as most of them are FRAUD or provided the information incorrect. They are PM ( Project Manager) but state them as manager and show the project participants as direct reports. This is one such SCAM they do. Also do the site visit and talk to colleagues and Clients.

 
At November 16, 2014 at 9:36:00 AM EST , Anonymous Jack Brickman said...

Great post as people need to be made aware of the ever-growing online scams being played out on the Internet. However, just as important are the Cyber security threats that are continuing to grow in the coming years, so it’s highly essential that companies start securing their entire digital infrastructure, which begins by putting in place information security policies and procedures, provisioning and hardening of such systems, and then undertaking comprehensive security awareness training for employees. Call it the 3-point stance for protecting your organization. The problem is that most companies have (1). Outdated policies (2). Don’t have formalized procedures and checklists for hardening their information systems, and (3) do little or nothing when it comes to security awareness training. This won’t cut it in today’s world, so it’s time to get serious about information security.

 

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