As unfortunate as it is, one of the most commonly seen types of fraud is fraud that targets new immigrants to the United States. Immigration consulting fraud, also referred to as Notario Fraud is becoming a major issue amongst newcomers to the United States. During these scams, people with bad intentions act as notary publics, attorneys, authorized USCIS employees, court workers, etc., and more try to convince immigrants to provide them with personal information. In reality, these people are not the employees they claim to be and unlawfully take hundreds and thousands of dollars from immigrants across the country.
Luckily, there are a number of resources that are available to immigrants that have been targeted by these scams. The Fight Notario Fund works towards taking action against those who commit fraudulent behavior that targets immigrants by providing scam victims with the legal resources necessary to fight this injustice. If you have been the victim of notario fraud, it is important that you report the fraud to your state, submit a claim to the Federal Trade Commission, file a complaint with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and speak with an experienced immigration attorney who can provide you with assistance in this matter.
It is important to make sure you are not being deceived or taken advantage of because of your immigrant status. If you feel as though you have been the victim of a scam targeting immigrants within the United States, speak with an experienced immigration law attorney who can provide you with assistance during this frustrating time.
The Law Office of Cheryl David practices immigration law throughout NYC. If you have questions as to whether consular processing is right for you, or you can maybe change your status in the United States instead of going home, please contact the office to discuss your situation and options.