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Immigration phone scam erupts

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Scam artists claiming to work for "U.S. Immigration" are attempting to steal victims' personal information and commit identity theft.

The scammers are using the spoofing technique to make their phone number appear to be coming from the Department of Homeland's hotline number.

"The scammers demand to obtain or verify personally identifiable information from their victims through various tactics, including by telling individuals that they are the victims of identity theft," the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General said in its fraud alert Wednesday.

It also noted that many of the scammers "reportedly have pronounced accents."

Read more from CNNMoney.

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