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Immigration scam targeting Latinos

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It's the latest scam circulating among the Hispanic community.

"He was claiming to have contacts within the consulate and the USCIS," said Octavio Peralez with the Consulate of Mexico.

Mario Estrada is being accused of taking hundreds of dollars from the people who are seeking assistance with their immigration status.

"The problem is when there is an application. This is very serious because if there is no merit for the case to get status it can lead to a removal order meaning deportation," added Perales.

According to the Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas, at least 10 people have filed a report with Metro police hoping to seize Estrada's malpractice.

"We know that Mario Estrada is listed as a suspect in numerous fraud-related cases. It's an ongoing investigation, something that our detectives are working hard at locating and trying to find out if he is running a business," said Metro officer Jose Hernandez.

Local authorities said it is part of a seasonal scam targeting those who are seeking an easier immigration process.

"Now with the deferred action we are seeing lots of scams coming along. Also in December many people travel so we are going to be looking for scams related to crossing vehicles to Mexico," said Atzimba Luna with the Consulate of Mexico.

The Mexican Consulate wants the Hispanic community to know they do not charge for any services. Officials recommends researching a business to avoid becoming a victim.  

"Never use cash. If you have to use cash get some sort of receipt or something that says on paper 'I gave you this money for these services,'" added Hernandez.

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