- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A couple in South Dakota has been scammed out of $22,000 by a man claiming to be with federal immigration authorities.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the scammer called the couple’s home saying that they needed to pay $11,000 each as a security deposit because of an investigation in their home country of India. The man told the couple he was with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Clemens says the couple panicked because they’re applying for U.S. citizenship. Clemens says it’s unknown whether the scammer was aware of the couple’s ongoing immigration process.

He says the scammer likely cloned the phone number for USCIS because the couple verified it before sending the man the money and it matched that of authorities.

The money was sent using Green Dot reloadable cards.

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