Consular Officials Provide Outreach in San Carlos to Stem Fraud
San Carlos-February 24, 2010
Consul Bill Wisell, Fraud investigators from the Embassy Fraud Unit and Fraud Prevention Manager, Chris Kane visited San Carlos to participate in interviews with local television, radio, and print media, and host an open forum on issues of concern for work visa applicants.
The objective was to help applicants identify common schemes that take advantage of prospective workers in the US and inform the public on the legitimate process to apply for immigrant and non immigrant visas. Applicants were cautioned that any third party who asked for money in exchange for procuring a visa, or arranging a job in the US was always fraudulent.
Examples included recruiting agencies that promised much more than they delivered, and Coyotes that transport people to the US border via bus after promising a work visa, and extracting a mortgage on the victim’s home or property. In a three hour session, the Fraud prevention team fielded thirty questions from fifty audience members. Five additional outreach visits are planned throughout 2010.