There are many scams in the world. The FBI even publishes a whole list of scams on its website. In our particular world, the world of IMMIGRATION, we see and hear about many IMMIGRATION SCAMS, and many victims – who suffer not only money loss but also real damage to their immigration chances.
Why are there so many IMMIGRATION SCAMS?
Because in recent years it became very difficult to obtain immigration benefits in LEGAL ways, and many non-citizen are desperate, so much that they become easy victims to SCAMMERS.
EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION SCAM
A “friend” tells a non-citizen that they know somebody (a lawyer, a consultant, an immigration person, etc.) who is able to obtain the desired employment card – for a “modest” fee. The victim agrees.
A meeting is arranged, maybe in an office, maybe in a coffee shop. The scammer (male or female) gains the confidence of the victim with all kinds of Forms, gets from the victim all kinds of documents, makes the victim sign forms of different colors – and collects half of the agreed fee – and also enough money for FILING FEES to the government.
The scammer then prepares a package containing fraudulent petition and application, on behalf of the victim – supported by a FAKE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE between the victim and a non-existent American citizen spouse. The scammer sends the package in to the USCIS, with the required payments for FILING FEES.
The scammer receives the official filing fee receipts, meets again with the victim, convinces the victim that an application for employment authorization is coming, hands over the filing fee receipts, collects the balance of the agreed fee – and disappears.
The victim receives – or not – the EAD (Employment Authorization Document) and then gets entangled with government requests to provide proof that the marriage is genuine. Maybe even to
appear for an interview at USCIS