Immigration scam targeting resettled Bhutanese in US

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has notified the US Citizenship and Immigration Services of a telephone scam that appears to target Bhutanese refugees.

Current reports of the scam are localized to Texas, but I would like to spread the word to as many government folks, immigration service providers, churches, and teachers as possible, said a circular issued the Department of Homeland Security, Thursday.

“A man identifying himself as a representative of the “Federal Grants Department” calls from a Washington, DC-based telephone number, (202) 436-9601, informing recently resettled refugees that they are eligible to receive $10,000 because they are refugees from Bhutan,” ORR reported USCIS.

It further said that in order to claim the money, they are instructed to produce a money order for $650, and call the telephone number for further instructions on where to send the money.

At least one refugee has been coerced into making multiple payments as “processing fees”, totaling more than $5,000, added the circular.

The circular also clarified that the federal government does not demand processing fees or security deposits from grant recipients.

The Office has also requested the resettled Bhutanese to contact local police or respective resettlement agencies for further assistance upon a suspicious request.

7 Comments

  1. I have strong inclination to suspect the involvement of gangs of blacks trying to take advantage over the simplicity of the poor, honest Bhutanese. Why should they continue to suffer misfortunes both at home (with their government) and abroad (with criminal activists)!

  2. Yishai, yours is a racist comment. don’t forget we are the victims of racist Bhutanese Government. We need to live in harmony in a multi cultural society in the States.

  3. Its illusive to stick on the matter of racism. It’s learnt that some Nepali speaking people too got involved in this scam…I too got such telephone calls many times, but I blew them away with many questions regarding their identification, their offices, locations, social security, and proved them fraud, particularly hacker! guys, none here gives you a cent free,so don’t be foolish enough to receive free money! Don’t ever try to give your account number of bank for transaction of money into you……….As saying goes in Nepali” CHOKTA KHANA GAKO NARI JHOLMA DUBERA MARI” may happen to you!

  4. Do not panic brothers and sisters. Understand and Follow what we are informed about. No society of man is free from bad things. Do not blame ruthlessly to others. Man on earth want love and happiness. Such unpleasant act is result of frustration without love. If this Love is there in everyone of us life will be easy. See if you can do something for others. Thank you BNS and its source for providing important information.

  5. Lets not be in haste to grab whatever we don’t own or not earned. Usually most grants are made possible to multi-proprietorship not to sole proprietorship unless it is student grant.

    And lets make this comment a media to share our thoughts and hearts not criticizing each other.
    Let the world know that we live in harmony for the good of our brothers and sisters.

    Thanks

    Argument is no-welcome

  6. THANKS FOR THIS NEWS AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL THE VICTIMS OF THIS SCAM TO REPORT TO THE POLICE. SAME THING HAPPEN IN MY UNCLES HOUSE. TODAY THE JAN. 25. 2012 AT 4:33 PM SOME PEOPLE NAMED PETTERS JOHNSON CALL MY UNCLES LANDLINE, FROM NUMBER (202) 436-9601 BUT THE SCREEN OF THE PHONE DISPLAYS 92283. I TALK WITH THEM FOR MY UNCLE. THEY TOLD THAT THEIR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT 202 INDEPENDENCE AVE 20201 WASINGTON D.C. THEY TOLD ME THAT MY UNCLE IS SELECTED FOR THE FEDERAL GRANTS OF 10,000 DOLLARS AND MY UNCLE NEEDS TO PAY 630 DOLLARS AS THE PROCESSING FEE THROUGH WESTERN UNION TO NEW DELHI INDIA. ACCORDING TO HIM THE MONEY WHICH IS PAID AS PROCESSING FEE WILL GO TO THE CHARITY ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS ORPHANTS AND B.P KOIRALA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. AND THEY GIVE ME OTHER NUMBER STATING THAT FEDERAL BANK OF AMERICA 1-202-407-9211. BUT LUCKLY I WAS ALREADY AWARE OF THIS SCAM FROM BNS NEWS AND I TRY TO SPREAD THIS MESSAGE THROUGHT FACEBOOK AND YAHOO. WE ALL THE PEOPLE IN OUR CITY ARE AWARE OF THIS SCAM

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