CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. – Local authorities say a scammer is impersonating an Immigration and Naturalization Service employee.
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office says a citizen reported a male with a thick Middle Eastern accent called claiming to be an INS worker.
The alleged scammer reportedly left phone messages that there was a warrant for that person’s arrest.
When the citizen contacted the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, they had no knowledge of the phone calls.
USCIS says they will never call you asking for payment over the phone.
“If a scammer calls you, say “No, thank you” and hang up. These phone calls are being made by immigration scammers attempting to take your money and your credit card information. USCIS will not call you to ask for any form of payment over the phone. Don’t give payment over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official,” USCIS says on their website.
According to USCIS, INS doesn’t even exist anymore.
“To this day, some local businesses, websites and individuals make reference to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). This agency no longer exists!” USCIS says on their website. “INS was dismantled on March 1, 2003.”
The alleged scammer called from the phone number (209)381-9819.
Officials say the number is listed on web sites as a known scam number.