There have been innumerable victims during the past few months, due to the scam calls from 911 or some one claiming to be DHS (Department of Homeland Security) or USCIS officer. In this post I would like to focus on what the victims experienced and how you have to react during such situations.
Scam Scenario Detailed
- The victim receives a call either from 911 or some number, from a person claiming to be DHS or USCIS officer.
- The caller threatens saying the victim are out of status and/or the victim have not updated the alien registration number and you would are deported and hence have to leave the country (USA) with in 24 hours
- The caller also threatens not to disconnect the call and/or that the cops would come to your residence and arrest you.
- After some conversation, the person ends up telling the victim he may overcome the situation by paying money through Money Transfer via Western Union.
- The caller may also ask you to transfer money in different ways; may ask you to with draw cash from a bank and buy money pak cards from a gas station and scratch the number behind the card and ask the victim to read it out.
- During this process, the caller immediately transfers the money to his account through some means.
This is a Scam! I would like to make you aware so that you may not get into such situation. This has been very common these days. In general,
- A person would generally not receive a call from 911, unless you called 911 prior to you receiving the call.
- Any USCIS notices would be sent by mail, but not through phone conversation.
- When a person threatens you, do not panic, especially in this scenario.
- Ask additional information to the caller and then decide on the situation.
- The USCIS personnel would never ask you to transfer money using any money transfer methods or through cards, nor would never call you and talk for hours.
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Scam Calls in the Past
Got a call from 202-697-9674 claiming to be from USCIS. They were asking for Money Transfer via Western Union, clearly a scam. Surprised to see that they have so many information about me which is really scary…
Today, I got call from number 202-697-9674 . This seems to be some VoIP number in DC. This person told his name is Mike Coxhad and he is from department of homeland security. He then told me I did not update my aliens number. He asked me to deposit some money into American high commission, New Delhi in India. I said NO. He then asked me to send the money through Western Union money transfer. I told him, can I send the cheque and he hang up.
The same has happened to me..a person called david beck called me saying hes from the USCIS and said my alien number is not updated..i fell for the scam and transferred $1715 through western union..then i realized it was a scam.it was too late.the number i got a cal from is 484-833-9002.People please beware..no govt. Official will ask to pay the money immediately and never through western union. (source: complaintwire.org)
How To React?
- Try to communicate with people around you and see if you may call 911 from a different number to report this situation and get the call traced.
- Drop the phone call, and see if the person calls you back.
- Do not give any of your personal information, like your SSN, credit card details, etc.
- Do not continuously converse with the caller. They may threaten you not to drop the call.
- Ask Additional Information before deciding.
- Think twice, before you do any thing.