Green Bay Police Department Warns Latino Community of Immigration Scam

Posted on 4-18-2024

The Green Bay Police Department (GBPD) is warning the Latino community of an immigration scam that has cost nearly a dozen people tens of thousands of dollars.

This alert comes as the victims reported following instructions to make a significant cash payment or wire transfer to obtain U.S. Citizenship for themselves or others and assist with other legal matters. The scammers have used claims that they have relationships with someone who works in immigration services and can speed up the process of legal paperwork or other documents.

“If anybody promises you, they can speed up your immigration status, do not do it. It is a scam. We ask that you contact your local law enforcement immediately. We do not want anyone else to lose money. We have reason to believe that there are more victims, and we want them to feel comfortable coming forward, and that is why we are making our community aware of these reports. To help prevent being scammed, be suspicious of the intentions of others. Scammers are often pushy. They will try to catch their victims off-guard with a sense of urgency,” said Lieutenant Jena Luberda of the Green Bay Police Department.

No further details are available for release about these investigations at this time; however, the Police Department highly encourages Green Bay residents who may have been in contact with someone claiming to help with immigration to reach out to them immediately with as much information as possible, including:

Physical Description
Contact Information i.e. Phone Number, Email Address, Mailing Address
Text Messages, Voicemails, Emails
Vehicle Description and/or License Plate Information
Photos or Surveillance Images or Video from Doorbell or Security Cameras

Please call Green Bay Police at (920) 448-3200 and reference cases #24-218444 and #24-218520. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-STOP (7867). You may also submit a tip online HERE, or utilize the “P3 Tips” app.

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