This article was originally published by the payroll firm Complete Payroll. You can view the original publication here.

Many employers are receiving scam emails that appear to be coming from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services requesting Form I-9 information – even though employers are not required to submit I-9 Forms to USCIS.

The scam

Scam emails are coming from a fraudulent email address (, which is NOT a valid USCIS email address. The bodies of the emails themselves could contain the employer’s address, labels for the USCIS and the Office of Inspector General and a fraudulent download button. USCIS is encouraging employers not to respond to these emails or click any of the links within them.


Any business who has received a scam e-mail should report the incident on the FTC Complaint
Assistant web page on the Federal Trade Commission’s website. Employers who are unsure if it is a scam should forward the suspicious e-mail to the USCIS webmaster. USCIS will review the e-mail and share it with law enforcement agencies if appropriate.

Form I-9

Form I-9 is used to verify an employee’s eligibility to legally accept work in the United States. Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees. The I-9 Form contains sensitive information such as an employee’s full legal name, date of birth and Social Security Number.

For more information about the I-9 Form, click here.

Complete Payroll has also published a free reference guide called 2017 Payroll & Tax Reference Guide. You can download it here


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