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U.S. Says Shuts Down Internet Visa Scam

U.S. authorities said on Thursday they had shut down an Internet scheme that took millions of dollars from immigrants on promises of help getting U.S. residency. Officials from the Federal Trade Commission and the State Department said a federal judge had issued a temporary restraining order against the operators of Internet sites that netted about $3 million last year, the FTC said. The operation consisted of two men who ran eight Web sites and did business as U.S. Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration Online, USAIS and USIO, the FTC said. The judge ordered the companies’ assets frozen, and authorities in Florida arrested both men — an American citizen and an Egyptian national — as part of a parallel criminal probe, the agency said. Full Story

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