The news on the appalling act of exploitation by the fake ICE agents has been breaking out. The fraudsters pretending to be the agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement are reportedly calling the immigrants over their phones asking them to pay a certain amount of money, and threatening them with deportation if they fail to pay.
What is the news all about regarding Fake ICE Agents?
As per the news in Patch page for Palor Park, Illinois, fakers posing as ICE agents are targeting immigrants to solicit money. According to the news, a teacher and a professional from the Palos Park area have received such phone calls. These phone calls, reportedly, demanded the payment via gift card or money order. The callers are said to have also threatened the immigrants that they are warranted out for an arrest.
Palos Park Police Department Chief Joe Miller has warned the people against such calls and asked them to hang up the call if they receive any, and call the police immediately. People should be aware that police do not make any calls asking for immigration status or someone’s country of origin. For that matter, police never ask people for their social security number over the phone as well.
It is said that a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the nation has been involved in this fraud, and the numbers that show up on the victim’s caller IDs are the actual DHS numbers, but in reality, a part of that scam. Through spoofing, there is a deliberate attempt to falsify the information transmitted to the caller ID in order to cover up the identity.
The U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services has also warned the residents in its Facebook Page, making a point that the scam comprises of a USCIS phone number. It tells the citizens to report any such unsolicited phone calls, and do not fall prey for these scams.
What else? Dont be shy to report such Scam ICE Agents
Reportedly, the news of this scam first came out in the month of March, and it is the resurgence that is experienced now, in the month of August. Back in March, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General had issued a warning about the same scam citing that people disguised as ICE agents were demanding money from the immigrants.