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Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

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Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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Immigrant Assistance Services Fraud

By Spodek Law Group | October 18, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 19, 2023)

Last Updated on: 19th October 2023, 07:45 pm


Immigrant Assistance Services Fraud

Immigrating to a new country can be an intimidating process. There are many forms to fill out, fees to pay, and requirements to meet. This complexity leads many immigrants to seek assistance navigating the system. While most immigrant assistance services are legitimate, some are scams designed to take advantage of vulnerable people.

One common type of fraud is when a service charges fees but never completes or files the immigration forms as promised. The victim ends up losing the money paid and still needing to start the immigration process over again. This can cause major delays and problems.

Another scheme involves services giving incorrect or fraudulent advice. They may tell immigrants to apply for visas or programs they aren’t actually eligible for, resulting in wasted time and denial. Or they might make false promises about options like “guaranteed” asylum that don’t really exist.

Some fraudulent operations even file immigration applications containing false information without the immigrant’s knowledge. This not only jeopardizes the application, but can get the immigrant in legal trouble for immigration fraud.

Avoiding Scams

There are several red flags that can help immigrants avoid assistance services scams:

  • Requests for payment up front before doing any work
  • Promises of special access or guarantees for visas/green cards
  • Lack of licensed attorney on staff
  • Refusal to provide a detailed contract
  • High-pressure sales tactics
  • Inability to provide references from past clients

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) warns immigrants to not work with anyone who says they can expedite applications or obtain waivers that aren’t allowed. It’s also important to research services online and check for complaints before hiring them.

Reporting Fraud

If an immigrant believes they have been the victim of an assistance service scam, it should be reported right away. This helps prevent the scam from continuing to victimize others.

USCIS has a form to report immigration scams. Complaints can also be filed with state attorneys general, the Better Business Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission. Police may get involved for large fraud cases.

Immigrants should keep any documentation related to the scam, such as contracts and receipts. This evidence will help investigators in building a case against the fraudulent company or individual.

There are some legal protections available for immigrants scammed by assistance services:

  • The Immigration and Nationality Act makes it illegal to defraud immigrants seeking legal services. Penalties can include fines or imprisonment.
  • Victims may be able to sue for breach of contract if the service didn’t deliver what was promised.
  • The Federal Trade Commission can prosecute deceptive business practices.
  • State consumer protection laws often prohibit false advertising and taking money under false pretenses.

While legal action can potentially recover financial damages, it usually doesn’t fix issues with stalled or botched immigration applications. That remedy still lies with USCIS. Documenting the scam and reporting it ASAP are immigrants’ best chance for justice.

Avoiding Scams

The complexity of immigrating legally makes many vulnerable to scams. But there are steps immigrants can take to find trustworthy assistance:

  • Get referrals from past clients and trusted community organizations.
  • Verify licenses and credentials of anyone offering legal advice.
  • Read all contracts carefully before signing.
  • Pay only for completed services, not up-front fees.
  • Double check applications before submission.
  • Report any suspicious behavior to authorities.

Navigating a new immigration system takes patience and caution. But immigrants who do their homework can find legitimate help and avoid becoming victims. With vigilance and reporting, we can shut down these scammers exploiting newcomers’ eagerness to join our communities.

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