Watch out for Immigration Scams!
The world is not all sunshine and rainbows. There are people out there who only care about themselves and making money. As a result, there is a wealth of scamming that goes on regarding immigration and immigration law. As immigration lawyers in Tallahassee, we want to inform you about some common current scams and how to recognize them if they present themselves your way.
- Notarios Publicos
- Most of the time they are not actually lawyers.
- In Spanish-speaking countries, the term “notarios” is synonymous with an attorney that has completed their appropriate legal credentials.
- However, in the U.S., “notario public” are people who sign documents or witness trials. They are not allowed to provide you with any legal services.
- If someone claims to be a notarios publicos in the U.S., be extremely cautious and do more research about him or her to make sure they are accredited to represent you. For more information about accredited representatives, such as lawyers, visit the website of the Florida Bar.
- Payments to USCIS by phone or email
- If anyone claims to be from USCIS and requests payment by phone or email for immigration fees, know that most likely are dealing with a scammer.
- Also, you can only pay immigration fees online on the portal, myUSCIS.
- If you are sending in an application by mail, make sure to pay by check or money order.
- Winning the Visa Lottery (Green Card Visa or Diversity Visa)
- If you receive a telephone or email stating that you have won a green card or a lottery visa, know that you are dealing with a scam.
- The State Department handles issuance of the visas and will never email you about being selected for a Diversity Visa.
- For more information about how the State Department notifies people who are selected, click visit the official website of the U.S. state department.
- Scam websites claiming to be affiliated with the USCIS
- If a website is claiming to be associated with the USCIS but does not have the .gov at the end of the web address, it is a scam and make sure to never give it any personal information.
- Make sure to never pay for any immigration form. The USCIS’s forms will always be for free on their website. If you have had to pay or see a website where you are obligated to pay to receive a form, you know you are dealing with a scam.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by an immigration related scam, make sure to the Federal Trade Commission. Click here to gain a futher insight on that process. If you have any questions regarding immigration and want to visit with a Tallahassee immigration attorney, contact us today to schedule a consultation.