Provided by Prince William County Police
There have been recent reports of Immigration Fraud to the police department. According to the Virginia State Bar, this happens when “an individual without authority either as a licensed attorney or as a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited non-lawyer representative, offers to provide services related to procuring an immigration benefit for an individual, family, or business. These individuals call themselves “notarios,” “notario publicos,” “visa consultants,” “immigration consultants,” “licensiados,” and other terms in other languages. They take advantage of undocumented aliens, U.S. business owners, legal permanent residents, and U.S. citizens. They usually charge fees for their services, but are not authorized to give
legal advice about immigration law.”
The scammer will charge the individual an excessive amount in fees only to never have the services provided.
Ways to protect yourself from being scammed
Visit the Virginia State Bar website and view their information on Immigration Fraud where you will find valuable information with links and documents to download and distribute. Other information provided by the Virginia State Bar are the following:
- How to protect yourself—hiring only licensed attorney or a BIA accredited representative to give
you immigration advice or represent you before any immigration agency.
- How to report immigration fraud.