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Crackdown on Notarios Continues

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on December 16, 2011

Officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS) announced this month that they are expanding the 2011 pilot program for crackdown on immigration scams that fraudulently promise immigration services to those seeking to enter or remain in the U.S. legally.

The USCIS says that scams involving immigration services have become increasingly sophisticated over the years, even being offered through Websites that appear to have some kind of genuine affiliation with lawyers or government agencies.

Many times these scams are offered up by people calling themselves “notarios,” which connotes to some foreigners a kind of legal auspices in their home countries that does not apply in the U.S.

The expanded crackdown will also feature an educational component aimed at training legal and undocumented immigrants to recognize potentially fraudulent services that cannot deliver what they promise.

The USCIS recognizes that many victims will not file complaints for fear of deportation, so they want to use education as a means to preventing fraudulent crimes by notarios.

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