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USCIS Recognizes National Consumer Protection Week

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USCIS is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 2-8, 2014. Each year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) coordinates NCPW to encourage consumers to take advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.

USCIS is committed to helping you avoid becoming victims of immigration scams. We want to provide customers with information on common scams as well as tips on how to avoid becoming a victim, obtain authorized legal services, and to report scam activity. 

A few common immigration scams include:
  • Telephone spoofing and phishing scams from individuals claiming to be from USCIS, requesting personal information, identifying false problems with your immigration records, and asking for payment to correct the records.
  • Charging fees for USCIS forms that can be downloaded from for free.
  • Local businesses or individuals that guarantee immigration benefits, faster services, and/or access to USCIS officials for a fee.
USCIS encourages you to:
  • Safeguard personal information, including alien registration numbers (A-numbers). An A-number is as important to protect as a social security number or bank account information.
  • Read form instructions before completing the form and be sure to understand the form before signing. Never sign blank forms.
  • Use the USCIS website,, as the official United States government source for information on U.S. citizenship and immigration benefits. 
  • Contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 if you are unsure of the validity of a call, email, or mail you receive from someone claiming to be from USCIS.
To learn more about avoiding scams, please visit our website at or