ALERT: Attorney General Warns of Scam Calls from US Citizenship and Immigration Services

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection this week announced a warning for immigrants about scam calls from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

USCIS is the federal department that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

In this latest telephone scam, a person pretends to be a representative from USCIS and tells an immigrant that there is a problem with their information or paperwork. The scammer asks the victim to verify personal information and then requests a money order or other form of payment to be sent in order to correct the information. Victims who send a money order not only lose their money, but are also at risk of identity theft.

Consumers are urged to consider the following to avoid becoming a victim:

• USCIS will not call consumers to ask for payment over the phone.
• If you get a call from someone asking for personal information, hang up and call the agency back.
• Do not give your personal or financial information over the phone.

Victims are encouraged to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or go to

The scam can also be reported to the FTC.

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