In one of the latest publicized examples of immigrants preyed on by swindlers, Hispanic couple Jorge and Gloria were scammed out of $25,000, reports Telemundo in a recent televised news program.
“Immigrants meet with notarios and other people who tell them that they are qualified to adjust their status and nothing happens in the end,” Catholic Charities attorney Johana Vega tells Telemundo’s on-air reporter Liz Gonzalez.
In this latest case, Telemundo reports:
Vivi Nandalai, 49 years old, admitted to larceny after presenting supposedly official identification documents to a Hispanic couple.
She apparently claimed that she worked for the department of motor vehicles. And that she could get them drivers’ licenses and resident cards. And she charged them $25,000 in cash!
Catholic Charities, fortunately, runs the New York State New Americans Hotline and through that hotline, they are able to tell callers how and where to verify whether or not they are dealing with a real attorney and/or a person with the right credentials to help them with their immigration cases. In addition, the hotline is able to refer callers to the right non-profit organization that can provide them with free or low cost assistance.
…Please keep the following in mind:
· Never pay in cash.
· Always ask for payment receipts.
· Always require contracts to be in your own language.
· Call the immigration helpline at: 1-800-566-7636
Wonder what happened to the swindler?
Watch this televised report in Spanish on Telemundo.