We have received word from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) that over 14 cases of a telephone scam targeting recently-arrived refugees have been reported in 10 states.
Here are the details from the most recent reported case as distributed by ORR:
An Iraqi refugee from Baton Rouge, Louisiana has reported that he had been contacted 3 times by telephone by a caller informing him that he had run up a credit card bill of $4,279, which could be settled for either a $2,600 lump sum payment to clear his credit rating or several payments of $895 per month. The caller stressed, “This is really a problem” for which the Iraqi refugee could “get into a lot of trouble in America.” The Iraqi man asked the caller for identifying documents, which have not been forthcoming. He then brought this situation to the attention of his local resettlement agency, which helped him to verify that there was no such balance on his credit card.
Anyone who has been targeted by this recent telephone scam should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The online complaint form is available in English and Spanish. If you have any trouble filing a complaint with the FTC, please contact your local resettlement agency for assistance with the filing processes.
In addition, the FTC offers helpful information about protecting yourself against fraud of all types; for more information, please visit FTC’s Scam Watch page.