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Immigrants Targeted by Scam Artists

June 22, 2018 - 8:35 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The road to becoming an American citizen or being here legally is a long, confusing process. That leaves many immigrants prime targets for scam artists.

“A good immigration attorney can tell you what your rights are and how to protect yourself,” but Michelle Corey of the Better Business Bureau says one of the scams is people who claim to be immigration attorneys taking money, making promises but never delivering.

“In some cases scammers will call potentials victims, maybe claiming to be a representative of a government agency, for example, that the potential victim owes back taxes, and the scammer may threaten immigrants with deportation unless they make a payment to the caller,” she says.

Scam artists might pose as an immigration attorney, steal personal information, charge for free government documents or even take original documents and not return them. Unfortunately, many of those scammed are wary to report it, and all the focus lately on immigration brings out even more scam artists.