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Scammers Prey on Deportation Fears of New York Immigrants 

Editors December 2, 2016 Immigration, News Comments Off on Scammers Prey on Deportation Fears of New York Immigrants 
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Immigrant communities in New York are being targeted by deportation and resettlement scams following Donald Trump’s election victory on November 8.

 “We need to spread the information about the kind of fraud that is happening in the country right now, so you don’t become victims,” said Maryann Thrappel, special projects attorney for Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

Speaking at NYU’s Immigrant Rights Teach-In at NYU Law School on November 28, Thrappel described the two types of fraud currently being reported by New York’s immigrant community.

“It’s so important if you know about a scam like this in your community and you are facing issues that you do report it. You can even do it anonymously, so help us protect you and protect each other,” – Maryann Thrappel, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

The first is a Spanish-language court summons requiring immigrants to appear before a US Supreme Court judge or else face deportation proceedings. The ruse calls the immigrant out by name for committing a crime and appears as though sent by representatives of the US Supreme Court.

The second is a Canadian immigration and resettlement invitation informing immigrants that they have been selected as part of a lottery program to be resettled in Canada.

Thrappel said it is crucial that immigrants report incidents of immigration fraud to organizations such as the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

“It’s so important if you know about a scam like this in your community and you are facing issues that you do report it. You can even do it anonymously, so help us protect you and protect each other,” she added.

 The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York supports New Yorkers in need including neglected children, homeless families and seniors. You can learn more here.

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