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Connecticut Woman Says She’s Victim of Citizenship Scammers

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U.S. Passport (credit: AP)

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HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) - A Bosnian native, who has been living in Berlin, Conn. for the last 14 years, recently consulted a website she believed to be an official government page claiming to provide services to apply for U.S. citizenship.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story


Lejla, who didn’t want her last name revealed, says the website was a fraud and she was scammed out of $680.

When she contacted the website she said, “They were very rude. They were just not giving me a straight answer.”

She admits she should have seen a red flag when the company didn’t accept credit cards as payment.

“They said you either pay check, money order, or something like that,” she told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Howard Schwartz of the Connecticut Better Business Bureau says this is a scam spreading across the country.

He says there are legitimate government websites and they offer citizen information and forms free of charge.

Lejla says she’s taking her case to the state Attorney General in hopes of getting her money back.

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