Immigration law is complicated. You can find a trustworthy, qualified immigration attorney to help you with your immigration matters. ActionNYC offers free legal screening for all immigrants in New York City. This free screening can connect you to a qualified immigration lawyer and can help you avoid fraud.
Schedule an ActionNYC legal screening or call 311 and say "ActionNYC."
Anyone who is not a lawyer may not provide legal help. Only lawyers or someone who has gotten permission from the Department of Justice can give legal advice or tell you what you qualify for.
Many notario publicos, immigration "brokers," and immigration "consultants" are not lawyers and cannot give you legal advice.
Non-lawyers should only:
If you want to report fraud, call the New York State Office of New Americans hotline. Help is available in over 200 languages. Call (800) 566-7636.
Scammers are calling and leaving voicemails in Mandarin, from numbers appearing to originate from mainland China, claiming to be from the Chinese Embassy, Chinese Consulates, or from Chinese law enforcement agencies. These callers request that you pick up a package or, alternatively, provide personal financial information, such as bank account or credit card information, to avoid issues with your legal status, or to avoid arrest the next time you travel to China. Scammers are reportedly targeting Chinese immigrants or people with Chinese last names.
The incoming phone number for these scams is often similar to the recipient's own number or to the Chinese Embassy's real number, (212) 244-XXXX. The scammers are also using email and WeChat in their attempts to defraud people.
If you think you’ve been scammed, call 311 and ask to connect with your local police precinct to file a police report. The NYPD does not ask about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses, or other people who ask for help. Services are available in Chinese and other languages.
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