We often see news alerts warning employers and individuals to be wary of phone calls and emails from those claiming to be from a U.S. immigration-related government agency. Recently, a number of U.S. employers began reporting they have been receiving emails firstname.lastname@example.org in which the sender was requesting confirmation that a foreign national will be providing services at the company, sparking obvious concern over whether these emails were part of a scam.
Emails sent from this address, however, are not part of a scam. The American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") has confirmed with the U.S. Department of State ("DOS") Visa Office that emails sent from an authorized contractor with the email address email@example.com are legitimate and employers should respond accordingly. Employers may want to consider adding that email address or the domain @state.gov to their individual or company-wide Safe Sender list to avoid these important emails ending up in junk or spam filters.
If someone in your company receives one of these emails and needs advice on how to respond appropriately, please contact the attorneys at Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C. at firstname.lastname@example.org. If in the future you receive any other email on an immigration-related matter that you think is suspicious, please reach out and seek advice prior to responding.