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Dear Editor:

Sometime ago I wrote you asking guidance about the many swindlers that are stealing money from incautious immigrants with promises to "fix their papers" but actually not doing anything and milking them thousands of dollars. Right now there is a woman offering to get relatives of immigrants into the country with a $1,000 payment to the INS and a fee for her of $2,000. She has gone in the air at a local radio station with that offer.

I have not received help from the INS, they are only interested in fraud. They have recommended going to the DA's in the area. That is asking too much of illegals that do not to expose themselves. I am in California and the businesses of these swindlers are all over the place. Many people believe they are dealing with INS because they have names like "Immigration Services." Right now, one of these swindlers is holding a labor certificate of a person, keeps asking for money but doesn't submit the certificate with the I-140 to the INS. He is milking this poor person and doesn't even tell the client what is the process so the client doesn't know what is he next step. I have come across many Latinos in the area that have been swindled by the same particular person.

I will appreciate whatever guidance you can give me as to what can be done to remedy this unfortunate situation.

Magdalena Villaronga