Scam of the day – February 20, 2017 – Immigration assistance scams

Immigrants concerned about their status as American immigration laws and policies are changing are being preyed upon by scammers posing as attorneys and charging for immigration forms that can be obtained free or claiming to have special relationships with immigration officials that enable them to obtain favorable results.  Advertisements for such phony lawyer services are appearing on flyers in store windows and throughout social media.  The truth is that these scammers offer no services of any value and merely exploit the fears and concerns of immigrants in the United States.

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You can always check on the status of an attorney in your state by checking online with your state’s bar association or board of registration for lawyers.  In addition, people needing access to free or low cost legal advice regarding immigration issues should go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) website by clicking on this link to get access to such low cost and free services that you can rely upon. https://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/find-legal-services

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