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CAIR-WA Community Alert: Be Aware of Fake ‘FBI’ Scam Calls

CAIR-WA has been receiving increased reports of individuals receiving calls from people falsely identifying themselves as representatives of various governmental organizations. These scam callers state they are from departments such as the ICE, FBI, IRS, the US Marshal, etc.

The intention of this scam is to scare and pressure those they've called into providing personal identification information, such as birthdays, emails, credit card numbers and social security numbers, which they can then use to steal their victim's identities.

Below are some common stories and questions that these scammers use. Be cautious of unsolicited calls and never provide personal data to these strangers over the phone.

*Scammers claim that your identity has been stolen and they must now verify your personal data over the phone. No governmental agency will request personal data over the phone.

*Scammers will claim they are with a law enforcement entity and you are in big trouble for breaking a law. They will state that you must pay a fine or law enforcement will show up at your door and arrest you. These calls can be exceptionally intimidating because these scammers can reroute the call so that it looks like the call is coming from your nearby FBI office. The scammer will most likely reference this by telling you to look up the number they are calling from as confirmation of their identity. The FBI will never ask for money over the phone- or hopefully ever.

*Scammers will claim to be representatives from the IRS. These scammers will claim that they've tried to reach you via certified mail and the letters were returned as undeliverable. They will claim that you owe some amount of money and that you must pay it immediately to not be arrested. The IRS will not request payment over the phone.

How to report specific scam attempts:

FBI Impersonation Call your local FBI field office In Washington, the Seattle Division: 206-622-0460 (select option 1)

IRS Impersonation Fill out the IRS Impersonation scam form on TIGTA's website: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

Marshal Impersonation Call your local U.S. Marshals Service field office In Washington: 206-370-8685

In addition, all types of fraud schemes and scams can always be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): www.ic3.gov.

The following information is helpful to report:

Header information from email messages

Identifiers for the perpetrator (e.g., name, Web site, bank account, e-mail addresses)

Details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded

Actual and attempted loss amounts

Details about the government impersonation

Other relevant information you believe is necessary to support your complaint.

Learn about other common scams:

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/frauds-from-a-to-z

Learn how to reduce your risk of being scammed:

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/Internet_fraud

Below is the FBI's guidance on how to respond to these calls. This has been CAIR-WA's main resource thus far for referring scam victims to appropriate organizations for reporting:

https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/seattle/news/press-releases/wave-of-government-impersonation-scammers-target-washington-residents

 

CAIR Action Alert: Tell U.S. Senate ‘No Military Aid to Burma’ Because of Genocide of Rohingya Muslims

In response to the government of Burma's military campaign of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority in that nation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all members of the public to contact their U.S. senators and urge support for Senate amendment 607 (SA 607) to S.1519 - National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, an amendment that would ensure the U.S. military does not provide any military-to-military assistance to the Government of Burma.

Bipartisan SA 607 is sponsored by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Cory Scott Gardner (R-CO).

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The United States government and military should not reward Burma’s genocidal violence against Rohingya Muslims by expanding its military-to-military engagement with Burma. The United Nations’ top human rights official Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein recently said that the Government of Burma was conducting a “cruel military operation” against Rohingya Muslims in Burma's Rakhine state, labeling it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

While the U.S. House version of the 2018 NDAA does not include an expansion of military-to-military assistance to the Government of Burma, section 1262 of S.1519 proposes to do so. SA 607 simply strikes that section is response to the Government of Burma military's targeting and ethnic cleansing of that state's Rohingya Muslim minority.

For more information, contact: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert S. McCaw, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Action Alert: What You Can Do to #SaveRohingyaMuslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/7/17) – In response to the Burma (Myanmar) government backed genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority in that nation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to take part in the following actions to increase American and international pressure on the Burmese government.

  • Join the Friday, September 8, Jummah prayer and rally in front of the Embassy of Myanmar in Washington, D.C. from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at 2300 S St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008.
  • Register Now: Facebook Event Page: Stand Against Genocide of Rohingya in Burma
  • Tell Congress “No Military Aid to Burma:” Call your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor and support a bipartisan Senate amendment (SA 607) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 that would cut off U.S. military assistance to Burma’s army.
  • Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to connect with your state’s senate offices, request to speak with the staffer responsible for foreign policy, tell the staffer or leave a message requesting support for the “Senate Amendment 607 to the NDAA because you ‘OPPOSE’ U.S. military aid to Burma’s army,” making sure to leave your name, address, and a call back number. 
  • Khatibs (Islamic prayer leaders) and Imams (Islamic religious leaders) address the Rohingya Muslim crisis during Jummah (Friday) prayers: As Muslim community and religious leaders and activists it is your duty to address the responsibility of Muslims to stand up for justice during this crisis. For more information about the crisis Rohingya Muslims are facing, refer to Human Right Watch's profile: "Burma’s Rohingya Need the World’s Attention."
  • Note: Leaders from all faith communities are encouraged to similarly address their congregations.
  • Host a Rally for Rohingya Muslims in Your Cirty: Partner with your local CAIR chapter to organize an awareness building rally in your city and join cities worldwide hosting demonstrations to protest the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. Time your protests coincide with the mid-September start of the U.N. General Assembly. For more information or to organize a demonstration in your city or locality email CAIR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Contact the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson [phone: 202-647-2663] and U.S. Ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel [phone: (95)-(1) 536-509] and request that the United States government:
  • Demand the Myanmar government put an immediate stop to all military-and-mob-led violence targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority.
  • Demand the Myanmar government permit United Nation’s investigators to inspect affected Rohingya areas in Myanmar.
  • Ensure that governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh enable the free flow of emergency relief aid to Rohingya Muslims.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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