Latest Scams Target I-9s

Is that really a federal agency contacting you?

Several scams are going around that target the payroll forms you use every day. These scammers are more sophisticated than ever before, posing as federal officials and top execs in an attempt to steal confidential information.

If you receive a very convincing email from a sender claiming to be U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requesting information about your employees’ I-9s, DO NOT follow the instructions.

Employers aren’t required to submit Forms I-9 to the USCIS, so such a request might raise eyebrows under normal circumstances. However, the emails are designed to look authentic enough to easily fool recipients. In fact, the emails actually come from a address and also contain labels from both USCIS and the Office of Inspector General.

Many of the emails also contain other details designed to make the message appear legitimate, like your company’s actual mailing address.

The USCIS has made it abundantly clear it’s not sending any email correspondence to companies about Form I-9, and the agency warns recipients not to click on any links in the message or respond to the sender.

Companies that receive these emails should forward them to the Federal Trade Commission via