U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, recently issued a notice alerting employers about scam emails requesting Form I-9 information that appear to come from USCIS.
The notice warns that the scam emails come from a fraudulent email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not a USCIS email address.
The body of the email may contain USCIS and Office of the Inspector General labels, your address, and a fraudulent download button that links to a non-government web address (uscis-online.org).
Do not respond to these emails or click the links in them.
Report Suspicious Emails
If you believe that you received a scam email requesting Form I-9 information from USCIS, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
If you are not sure if it is a scam, forward the suspicious email to the USCIS webmaster. USCIS will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
Employers are not required to submit Forms I-9 to USCIS. Employers must have a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every person on their payroll who is required to complete Form I-9.
All of these forms must be retained for a certain period of time. Visit I-9 Central to learn more about retention, storage, and inspections for Form I-9.