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Telephone scam targets immigration petitioners and applicants

USCIS has reported that there has been an increase in occurrences of petitioners and applicants for immigration benefits being called by scammers who claim to be the U.S. government. Susan Cohen, Chair of Mintz Levin's Immigration Practice, describes this issue in her short article at:


One very disturbing aspect of this scam is that the perpetrators have secured names and phone numbers of petitioners and applicants who are being contacted. Was there a breach of privacy or security with immigration data at USCIS? How did the scammers secure this information about applicants?

USCIS has not explained how the scammers secured names and phone numbers of actual applicants for immigration benefits.

Stay tuned for updates on this issue as we learn more.


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