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Congresswoman helps immigrant families targeted by scammers

Posted at 6:57 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:46:25-05

Families seeking citizenship status are being targeted by scammers, according to Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus. 

"Notario Fraud" is happening every day and these scammers are exploiting money, personal information and even jeopardizing the eligibility status of prospective residents. 

"This is pretty much a daily or weekly thing and people are being ripped off time and time again," Titus said. 

Lidia Quiroz is just one of the people who fell victim to a Notario. She was scammed for nearly 15 years before visiting the Democratic congresswoman's office. 

"Unfortunately the Notarios committed fraud and they actually made her pay and apply for a petition she was not eligible for," said Ana Quintanilla, speaking on behalf of Quiroz. 

Once Quiroz visited Titus' office, she was able to receive a green card in just 6 months. She immediately visited her mother who had been fighting cancer. 

"She was actually able to be there for her birthday when she turned 80, which she found to be amazing," Quintanilla said. 

But how do you know who you can trust when it comes to seeking citizenship? 

PLAN Citizenship Organizer Karla Rodriguez tells 13 Action News there are fewer than 10 businesses in the state that are certified to give legal advice on immigration. 

"Notarios have to announce that they can't give legal advice and they have to let the client know of their limitations," Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez also said most services should be free apart from the actual immigration fees. 

Titus will be hosting an immigration fraud prevention fair on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. 

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