United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, “USCIS” has issued a notice regarding scam emails requesting I-9 information:

USCIS has learned that employers have received scam emails requesting Form I-9 information that appear to come from USCIS. 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.

These scam emails come from a fraudulent email address: news@uscis.gov. 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.

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.

For a full listing of common USCIS scams, please click here.

Earlier this year USCIS issued new changes to Form I-9. Compliance with USCIS and maintaining accurate employment documents for your employees is of the utmost importance. In fact, failure to use the new form can result in penalties ranging from $216 – $2,156.

Ireland Stapleton’s employment attorneys work with employers across the region to manage the employer-employee relationship and prevent, address and resolve employment issues should they arise. If you have questions about how this may affect your business contact Michelle Ferguson at mferguson@irelandstapleton.com or 303-628-3658.

This alert is provided as general information. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice.