Dishonest people have used numbers from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain personal information and extort money from their victims, in this case immigrants.

The trap consists of the intentional alteration of the information transmitted to a call identification screen, to camouflage or conceal an identity, this is known in English as Spoofing.

The trapper is usually identified as a DHS official, but also uses other government agencies, such as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), posing as agents to intimidate potential victims by detaining or deporting them, unless make payments to them through different procedures.

Among the numbers used to perpetrate these crimes are 202-282-8000, and 202-401-1474 which is the number of the DHS Civil Rights office.
They also send emails with an e-mail address with

It is necessary to inform the immigrant community that the Department of National Security of the USA (DHS) has published their telephone numbers to report this type of scam.

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