NY officials will be on lookout for immigration scammers after Obama’s announcement

NEW YORK – The New York Immigration Coalition and its partners are getting ready to monitor and prevent immigration fraud after Obama’s big announcement Thursday night.

Their warning: stay away from dishonest providers or “notarios” who may take advantage of the situation and scam unsuspecting and vulnerable immigrants.

“The immigration reform that would be announced by the president this week will open the door for unscrupulous individuals to swoop in immigrant communities with incorrect information or bad information, for bad information and false promises in an effort to con them out of their hard-earned cash,” said Maritza Mejia Ming, Kings County District Attorney.

“It is critical to get accurate information and to not have community members be the victim of fraud,” said Steven Choi, of the New York Immigration Coalition.

Assistant District Attorney Rosemary Yu says the Immigrant Affairs released some tips on how immigrants can protect themselves from immigration fraud.

  1. Don’t pay cash. Pay with check or money order.
  2. Always get a receipt.
  3. Get and maintain copies of all documents.
  4. Don’t sign blank documents or documents you don’t understand.
  5. Verify service providers and look for second opinion.

“Many immigrants lose lots of money because unscrupulous scam artists, lawyers or not, have defrauded victims and told them they qualify for certain benefits that they did not qualify for ,” said Yu.

Yu also says victims of immigration fraud, regardless of their immigration status, may report the crime to their local district attorney’s office.

In Manhattan, victims can call a multilingual hotline at 212-335-3600 to report immigration fraud.

For those who cannot afford legal consultation from immigration lawyers, immigrants may also call the office of New Americans hotline at 1-800-566-7636 for referrals to free consultations.

After the president’s announcement, AILA lawyers say the first smart thing to do is to seek professional legal help from qualified immigration lawyers or immigrant groups.

 

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  • Mario
    20 November 2014 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Immigration scammers will make a lot of money, This work permit is only good for those 5million illegal who arrived five 5yrs ago(prior 2009).To be safe hire for a refutable immigration lawyer,and ask for receipt for your work permit coming from the Dept of labor. The 25M illegals from 2010 to 2014, is the potential target for the scammers, onced the illegal is out of money report it to INS for deportation.Many beautiful Pinays impregnated by scammer for immigration papers, beware to go to fake marriages, your spouse can report and revoke the marriage certificate to INS, before you get your green card.

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