On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert! DHS OIG is warning the public that the scam is using their DHS OIG hotline number. These scammers identify themselves as U.S. Immigration employees and have altered their caller ID to show the real DHS OIG hotline (1-800-323-8603) which is not the number or location that they are calling from. They tell the individual that they are a victim of ID theft and demand personally information.
If a Scammer Calls You
If you receive a call demanding personal information or payment, hang up immediately. If you want to verify whether a call is from USCIS, you may:
- Call our National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 to ask if you need to do anything about your case or immigration status,
- Make an InfoPass appointment at http://infopass.uscis.gov, or
- Use myUSCIS to find up-to-date information about your application.
Remember, USCIS officials will never threaten you or ask for payment over the phone or in an email.
For more detailed information about this subject, please review the USCIS News Alert, “Scam Alert: DHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Used in Scam to Obtain Personal Information “.
Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 4/26/17, News Alert:
oig.dhs.gov, 4/19/17, News Release: