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  • F1 Visa Student USCIS scam- This student lost $1600...

    This week, an international student in New York City received a phone call from someone claiming to be from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS/USDHS). The phone number matched the USCIS toll-free number. The caller claimed that on a recent trip abroad, the student had not filled out his I-94 card correctly and USCIS caught the error on the student's pending OPT application.

    The caller had the student's name, date of birth, address, phone number, and could confirm the last 4 digits of his I-94 number. The caller told the student that he needed to leave the United States immediately because a criminal case was pending against him.

    Unfortunately, the panicked student fell for the scam and ended up sending over $1,600 to "USCIS."

    Tools to Help You Avoid Scammers: USCIS wants to combat immigration services scams by equipping applicants, legal service providers and community-based organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to detect and protect themselves from dishonest practices.To accomplish this goal, USCIS launched the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL) Initiative.


    This was posted on https://www.facebook.com/desiopt1 on April 13th 2013

  • #2
    I feel this post is like promoting desiopt.com site; why you keep on commenting to like or share?

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    • #3
      How did he paid the $1600? if it was not by cash he could report and the bank may help to get it back. Atleast it cold be traced

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      • #4
        Sujit Alapati - Thanks for expressing your thoughts. Since this is going to effect F1 visa community 'Sharing' with your friends will help them. Also, many people who 'Liked' this post doesn't know a 'Like' doesn't reach their friends but a 'Share' does.

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        • #5
          It sounds terrible! I mean if the scammer has all the information, anybody can fall for it. How do they get all the sensitive information in the first place?

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          • #6
            Abraar Haque One more article published by UMass, Student transferred $800 via Western union....

            The caller offers to leave the student alone for a fee and convinces the student to wire $800 via Western Union.

            http://blogs.umb.edu/isss/2013/03/07...onal-students/

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            • #7
              The best solution is for eveyone to send this scam details to university officials...
              They have a wider reach, affiliations..

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              • #8
                Yes i experienced the same in North Dakota but the scammer was not successful... They have all our information and you will literally fell they are true guys but dont fall prey to them and ask them to send to you all request in writing at your home address...

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                • #9
                  @Sujit Alapati:- Sorry to see ur comments... But u never know whether it is good or bad... Intension is to help others is a good start... So better to pass on this message.. Probably it might help atleast one of them..

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                  • #10
                    Well they've been calling a lot of students lately

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                    • #11
                      Well to get all the info is easy, but how did he get the i-94 number?? I guess it must be someone he knew or he must have scanned the i-94 for OPT extension.

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                      • #12
                        Please click on 'Share' link of this post, LIKE - doesn't reach your friends. Please spread this so no one else falls for this Trap.

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                        • #13
                          Report Immigration Scams:
                          http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usc...00b92ca60aRCRD

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                          • #14
                            USCIS Educational resources:
                            http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usc...0025e6a00aRCRD

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                            • #15
                              News:
                              http://www.isso.cornell.edu/immigrat...mapril2013.php

                              Cornell University ISSO: Information for F-1 Students
                              www.isso.cornell.edu
                              The NAFSA ISS-Regulatory Practice committee has alerted USCIS about a scam call to foreign students which was shared on the NAFSA ISTA network forum. USCIS has confirmed that its Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate and the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice are now awar...

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