BBB warns DACA recipients of possible scams
KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Better Business Bureau said they see scammers come out of the woodwork any time there is a vulnerable population.
They believe scammers will try to take advantage of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applicants and their families.
“Those people that are affected by DACA, they are in a position of vulnerability, feeling fearful, worried, financial strain. And that’s when scammers really thrive,” said Kirstin Davis with the Better Business Bureau.
The BBB is urging people to be cautious and only use websites with a .gov domain name.
Davis said scammers will try to sell blank government forms or easier ways to extend DACA applications. Fraudsters will even use the correct terminology and fake federal logos to trick people into thinking they’re legitimate.
She said people should always be wary of emails, social media messages, phone calls or unsolicited sales pitches.
If you’re seeking legal assistance, make sure you are the one making contact. Never send money or personal information over the phone or through email.