A number of people in the immigrant community have been receiving calls and text messages from people falsely claiming to be government agents
. The callers often claimed to be from Immigration Service (the real agency is U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
), and asked for money for a government scholarship or for other reasons. They requested the money be wired or be put on a rechargeable credit card, both of which are as risky as sending cash. According to the FTC:
The government will never text or call you asking for money. Even if you get a call that seems real, check it out. Look up the real number for the government agency and call to see what the story is. And be suspicious if anyone – no matter who they say they are – asks you to wire money, or load a rechargeable credit card. There’s no legitimate reason for someone to ask you to send money that way.
See our article on scholarship scams or telemarketing scams for more information.