Immigration Scams

Want to know if an immigration website is legit? Continue reading to learn about the different types of immigration scams and how you can stay safe!

Immigration Scams

What Are Immigration Scams?

An Immigration scam is a broad term that covers all kinds of alleged fraudulent activity related to immigration. For instance, it can entail purposeful fraud on immigration documents to enter a particular country, marrying someone only for immigration purposes, or having someone else unethically represent themselves offering immigration services. Immigration scams are pretty complex as they usually entail several people speaking in unfamiliar languages and sometimes in far off countries.

What Are the Common Immigration Scams?

Here is a list of the most common immigration scams you need to watch out for:

1. Notarios Pretending to Be Lawyers

This immigration scam entails unscrupulous and unqualified individuals who offer to assist immigrants in filing immigration paperwork in exchange for huge fees, but they either don’t file the paperwork or sign up for immigration benefits that their clients aren’t entitled to.

2. Fake Immigration Websites

Another common immigration scam is websites pretending to be connected with government agencies, generally Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or USCIS – but they aren’t. One way to spot this scam is to check the website address. If the address doesn’t end with .gov, it’s most likely a scam.

3. Diversity Lottery Scams

In a diversity lottery scam, scammers try to defraud people by charging money to apply to the Diversity Visa Immigrant Program, which is free to enter. Thus, if anyone asks you for money to apply to the program, you can be sure that it’s a scam.

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