The scammers may be taking advantage of fears tied to President Donald Trump’s stance on stringent enforcement of immigration laws and curbing illegal immigration.
In a case reported to investigators on Friday, a Sterling woman says she was contacted by someone who said they were “from 911.” She was told she was facing arrest because her immigration paperwork was missing, and she was talked into making a payment with iTunes gift cards to supposedly resolve the problem.
The sheriff’s office wants people to know that Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services do not accept payments through Western Union, PayPal or with iTunes cards.
Also, USCIS never asks people to pay immigration fees to a person on the phone or through email.