Immigration services fraud is a type of crime against immigrants. Fraud is committed when a deceitful attorney, individual or agency offers immigration assistance in exchange for a large amount of money, but has no intention or ability to provide that assistance. Below are some resources to avoid being a victim of immigration services fraud and to obtain help if you have been a victim of this type of crime.
“Do Not Be a Victim of Immigration Fraud” – U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
The U.S. Department of Justice released this notice to prevent immigrants from becoming victims of immigration services fraud.
“Don’t Get Scammed!” – AILA
The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s advisory on receiving assistance for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
“Know Your Rights” – NYS Attorney General’s Office
This brochure contains tips to protect yourself from immigration services fraud. To read this brochure in a different language, please visit the New York State Attorney General’s Office website.
“Protect Your Dreams!” – AILA
This brochure explains the rights of clients of attorneys and accredited representatives and offers tips to avoid being the victim of immigration services fraud.
If you are thinking about turning to an immigration consultant or immigration assistance service provider for immigration assistance, you are encouraged to take these important precautions to protect yourself from immigration fraud.
“The Wrong Help Can Hurt” – USCIS
Find out how to make the right decision when you choose an immigration services provider.
“Using an Immigration Assistance Service Provider: Tips for Consumers” – NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
Learn how to recognize legal immigration services providers in New York.
The Immigrant Affairs Unit helps immigrants who have been victims of various types of crime. They prosecute individuals and immigration services providers who present themselves as attorneys, or who provide legal advice when they are not allowed to do so. Visit this page to find out more about this unit.
The Immigrant Fraud Unit investigates and prosecutes individuals and businesses who target and exploit immigrants through fraudulent schemes or scams. The unit is committed to aiding and encouraging both documented and undocumented immigrant victims and witnesses, who may fear cooperating with law enforcement because of their immigration status. For help or to report immigration services fraud, please call the Immigrant Fraud Helpline at 718-250-3333 or visit the website above.
The Civil Rights Bureau of the Attorney General’s office investigates individuals and businesses who engage in the unauthorized practice of law and defraud immigrants seeking permanent residence or citizenship. They also enforce laws to protect New Yorkers from discrimination. Visit this page to find resources, such as tips to avoid being a victim of immigration services fraud.
AILA designed this website to provide information, names, telephone numbers and addresses to help consumers take action against fraudulent immigration services providers.
The ABA’s “Fight Notario Fraud” initiative is directed towards victims of notario fraud and attorneys who wish to help these victims. For victims, the website provides a variety of ways to report the offending individual, attorney or agency. You can also call 202-442-3363 for more information.