Foreign nationals should be on their guard against a fraud scheme currently being perpetrated in the United States.
Individuals posing as officers of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are reportedly telephoning foreign nationals, falsely claiming a discrepancy or problem in immigration records, and pressuring victims to pay a "penalty" to have the issue rectified. Victims are told to wire funds to an address the caller provides.
The perpetrators may possess personal information about the victim and may ask victims to provide or confirm immigration information such as an I-94 number, an alien registration number or a visa control number.
Foreign nationals who receive such calls should not forward any funds or disclose personal information. Those targeted by the scheme should contact law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection.