Immigration Scams

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Disclaimer

AVOID IMMIGRATION SCAMS AND FRAUD


Beware of immigration scams! Immigration consultants and "notarios" are not lawyers.

It is illegal for immigration consultants to: 

  • Pretend to be a lawyer or give you immigration advice
  • Represent you in court
  • Tell you which forms to fill out
  • Keep your original documents
  • Charge money to refer you to a lawyer

A "bonded" immigration consultant can only:

  • Give you forms and help you fill them out
  • Translate questions and answers for forms
  • Help you collect documents

"Bonded" means the immigration consultant has posted a $100,000 bond with the California Secretary of State.

Is your consultant bonded?  
(916) 653-4984

Learn more about immigration consultants

REPORT A SCAM OR FRAUD


File a complaint if you are the victim of a scam or fraud by a notario or immigration consultant:

California State Bar
(800) 843-9053 (file a complaint)
(866) 879-4532 (immigration hotline)

Office of Immigration Assistance
California Department of Justice
(888) 587-0557

If you live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Jose, file a complaint:

San Francisco District Attorney's Office
Consumer Mediation Unit
(415) 551-9595

Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
(800) 593-8222

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
Notario Fraud Unit
(408) 808-4599
(408) 808-4431 (anonymous calls)
tips@Sheriff.sccgov.org

START A CASE


You may be able to bring a civil or small claims case in a California court. For more information, contact:

Small Claims Advisors
Self-Help Centers

Last Updated: March 24, 2017
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