Fake fliers purporting to be from Immigration and Customs Enforcement notifying people of how they can report an illegal immigrant were distributed around Washington, D.C., this week.
The fliers contained the logo from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and included details about the offenses related to harboring, encouraging or inducing and aiding or abetting illegal immigrants.
The posters also directed people to a phone number to call if they would like to report an illegal immigrant.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the fliers were not from the agency.
"Notices circulating in #Washington #DC are NOT from @ICEgov," Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on its Twitter account.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser also said the fliers were fake.
"We have been alerted to flyers regarding US Immigration and Customs Enforcement — please know that these are not real. We have been in contact with @DCPoliceDept and @DCDPW to have them removed. And a reminder that we respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status. Washington, DC remains a sanctuary city #DCvalues," Bowser said in a series of three tweets.
In a tweet from her personal account, Bowser encouraged people who see the posters to tear them down.
"Tear it down! DC is a sanctuary city. Clearly the flyer is meant to scare and divide our residents. We won't stand for it. #DCValues," she said.