USCIS Warns About Scams Requesting I-9 Forms Via Email

December 13, 2017

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

scam alert signCitizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers have received scam emails requesting Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) 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: 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 ( “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. Those who are uncertain may forward the suspicious email to the USCIS webmaster at USCIS “will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.”

USCIS scam alerts and related resources are found here.