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Beware of ICE Imposters


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Beware of people and organizations posing as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers or agents.

People and organizations are posing as ICE officers and agents attempting to gain some form of payment from victims for fraudulent immigration services. This is a criminal act.

These criminals identify themselves as federal law enforcement officers, employees or contractors of ICE or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and will ask for or demand money, sexual favors, or merchandise from the victim in exchange for lawful immigration status, immigration documents, or other immigration services. The documents are never provided, or if provided, are fake.

An ICE employee will never ask a member of the public for payment of any type.

Protect Yourself: You can protect yourself by reporting any fraudulent schemes to the anonymous ICE Tip Line: 1-866-347-2423.

ICE personnel will never:

  • Offer lawful immigration status or other immigration services in return for money or a favor
  • Use the internet or telephone to contact a member of the public to offer immigration services in exchange for payment through pre-paid cash cards like GreenDot, or services like Western Union and MoneyGram
  • Use a third-party person to ask for and collect a fee from a member of the public in exchange for immigration services
  • Ask a member of the public for payment of any kind
Report anonymous tips to the ICE Tip Line: 1-866-347-2423.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/19/2019