USCIS Warns About Scams Requesting I-9 Forms Via Email
This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers have received scam emails requesting Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, information. The emails claim to come from USCIS but do not. Employers are not required to submit Forms I-9 to USCIS but must retain them for a period of time.
USCIS said that the scam emails have been coming from a fraudulent email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not a USCIS email address. The body of the email may contain USCIS and Office of the Inspector General labels, your address and a fraudulent download link to a non-government web address (uscis-online.org). "Do not respond to these emails or click the links in them," USCIS warned.
Those who believe they received a scam email requesting I-9 information from USCIS may report it to the Federal Trade Commission website. Those who are uncertain may forward the suspicious email to the USCIS webmaster, email@example.com. USCIS "will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate."
USCIS scam alerts and related resources are located here.