A woman contacted me one day with the following case:
My husband and I do not have legal documentation in the United States; a relative of us, who also is undocumented, referred us to Alberto (name changed), an immigration officer who would fix our immigration status for the payment of $10,000 per person or $15,000 per couple. Our relative is already in the process and my husband and I also started ours with an initial down payment of $5,000. At first, I was convinced that this was the solution to obtain the residence, but now I doubt and fear that it is a scam. Alberto was introduced to us by our relative at the exit of the immigration building because he works there as an officer. We met him in a nearby Cafe and there he explained to us the process, the cost and the documents that we had to deliver. We paid him that same day. As to date, we have received two letters from immigration, one in the name of my husband and another in my name. Everything is in the process but now Alberto says that due to the increase in prices by immigration, the cost for us will also go up. I just want to be sure this is not another trap.


Fraud can have a thousand faces, but it is still the same. Particularly in the field of immigration in the United States where there is a combination of the need of undocumented immigrants, their life savings, and the shamelessness of some scammers, who based on gadgets, steal the dream and money from the most desperate people.
Once we were hired our first step was to identify Alberto, we used the data that our client had provided but every result was negative, the name was false. The phone number was pre-paid and registered to no one. Other than that, our client had no more information. Due to this situation, we needed to make personal contact with Alberto but we had a problem, although our client suspected of a possible scam, her husband was convinced that Alberto was a real immigration official and that investigating him would only upset him and obstruct the process.
However, we had an ace up our sleeve and we managed to achieve a referral. A few days later Alberto was already communicating with one of our undercover agents who were posing as an undocumented. Alberto could not meet with our agent in those days because he was in training in Washington but would notify him upon his return. Patience despairs many people eager to know the truth, but detectives most have a lot of patience to achieve our goals.
Finally, the phone rang; it was Alberto confirming that he was back and ready to meet with his new “undocumented client.” The appointment would be the next day outside the building of migrations. Indeed, Alberto went out the front door, Dress suit and tie and with the immigration employee’s credential. Who could distrust, if he spoke the English language very well, had knowledge of immigration, and was very educated. After explaining to the undercover agent the process and the cost, which was still $10,000 per person and $15,000 per couple, when his prices had supposedly gone up, Alberto then returned inside the building. Interestingly when approaching the door he hid his credential and after entering the building he went straight to the public bathroom from where he left several minutes later much changed, and then he left the building and headed to a nearby street where he boarded his vehicle. Although it was already obvious that Alberto was a crook, and that he was also impersonating a federal agent, our investigation was still in its infancy.
We followed Alberto very cautiously and after a few hours and several stops we located his home and the next day his true identity. He had no criminal record but many debts caused by various civil lawsuits and of course he was not an immigration official as he claimed. But what about the letters our client had received? After a few verifications we confirmed that they were false, so were envelopes without postmarks, the case number was real but it did not belong to our client or her husband. The fraud was confirmed. My client sighed in anger and sadness, her husband was very angry because no one likes to be a victim of fraud. They did not want to sue, nor did it make much sense, but I was authorized to give the results of the investigation to the government for potential prosecution of this crook. Maybe today Alberto is in federal prison or a fugitive, I do not know, will not be the first or the last. Maybe my clients still believe they lost $5,000, but from my point of view, I consider that they paid $5,000 to learn not to trust even in their own shadow.


Beware of Immigration Fraud; do not believe that it is so easy to bribe the system of immigration in the United States, do not rely on magic promises or the professional look of people. Investigate, verify, and be sure to consult an immigration attorney or a specialist with a real office. Avoid meetings on the street, avoid paying cash.
Beware of fraud, but if you need help, call us at 888-224-1245 or visit us at
April 18, 2016
By Private Detective Fernando Alvarez


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