Here is the conclusion to our three-part blog series 5 Common Immigration Scams to Avoid.

More Immigration Scams to Sidestep

4. Dot-Com Immigration Scams

The best way to avoid being taken by immigration scams is to call the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. We will provide you with superior legal service for all of your immigration needs.

The best way to avoid being taken by immigration scams is to call the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. We will provide you with superior legal service for all of your immigration needs.

Some of the more modern and complicated immigration scams involve online services or businesses that may even go so far as to mimic the logos, language, look and feel of the USCIS website and/or other government websites. With these scams, it can be easy to think you are dealing with a government entity when you are, in fact, not.

To avoid submitting your sensitive personal information to a potential online scammer, make sure that you always check the ending of the URL for the website (i.e., the end of the website’s address):

  • A .gov ending will indicate that you are dealing with a legitimate government entity.
  • A .com ending (or any other ending that is not “.gov”) will likely indicate that you are likely dealing with some type of immigration scam operation.

5. Visa Lottery Immigration Scams

Every year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) conducts a visa lottery that involves randomly selecting 50,000 people from a pool of applicants and awarding these people visas. With this lottery, however, people may not be aware of the facts that:

  • They have to meet some very specific eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a visa from the DOS.
  • One of these requirements is that the people are from a country that has low rates of immigration to the U.S.

Playing on people’s desires, immigration scams will generally come in the form of letters or emails that do either of the following:

  • Tell people that they’ve already won a visa through the lottery
  • Tell people that, for some fee, this company can make it far easier for them to get into the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.

Such promises are, however, lies that are only trying to get people’s sensitive personal information and/or money. What people should know is that:

  • The DOS will never email you.
  • Getting into the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program involves an official government application and process.
  • People can easily check the DOS website to verify if they’re in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program and/or if they have actually been awarded a visa.

More Important Info about Immigration Scams and How to Avoid Them…

  • Avoid any immigration services that reference INS – This agency has not existed since 2003, so references to it are giant red flags of immigration scams.
  • Any valid and official correspondence regarding your immigration case will come directly from USCIS.
  • If you end up getting ensnared in any immigrations scams, be sure to report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
  • You will have the best chances of avoiding being deceived by immigration scams by entrusting your immigration needs to a qualified immigration lawyer, like the attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.

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