U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has learned that employers have received scam emails requesting Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification information that appear to come from USCIS. USCIS advises that USCIS officials will never request Form I-9 download, completion, upload, or inspection via email, nor are Forms I-9 submitted to USCIS in any circumstance. The scam emails contain the fraudulent email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The body of the email may contain USCIS and Office of the Inspector General labels, the employer’s address, and a fraudulent download button linking to a non-government web address, uscis-online.org. Employers should neither respond to these emails nor click on the links in them.
An employer that receives a scam email requesting Form I-9 information from USCIS should report it to the Federal Trade Commission at http://bit.ly/2zG5c2j
An employer that is not sure the email is a scam should forward the suspicious email to email@example.com. USCIS will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
Finnan, Fleischut & Associates will continue to keep our clients advised of important developments in this area. If you have specific questions about how these developments affect a current or possible future situation, please contact us.