Con artists prey on immigrants fearing a Trump crackdown

Authorities say con artists are exploiting immigrants’ fears of deportation by posing as federal agents and demanding they pay up or else.

An immigrant in New York City, for example, got a call from someone who told him he was in the US illegally and would have to hand over $1,550 to stay.

People in the US without permission are seen as easy targets for such scams because they are reluctant to go to the police. As a result, authorities have found it difficult to investigate such schemes or determine how common they are.

— AP

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