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Beware of Diversity Visa Scams

Now that D.V. Lottery is about to be released, some of these scam artists will intensify their efforts by sending more e-mails and letters particularly to people in the third world and desperate immigrants in the United States. Please be informed that there is no fee payment for the DV Lottery. Therefore, any e-mail asking you to send $440 or any amount for registration or to claim your winning number is fake. Do not respond to such…

The U.S. Embassy in London has received thousands of enquiries from people who are victims of a world-wide scam involving the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program, also known as the visa lottery.  The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters pose as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from Diversity Visa applicants.  To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, please read the following advice from the Embassy.

The U.S. government never contacts visa lottery winners via the Internet.  Scammers are using increasingly sophisticated techniques that often use the Embassy’s address or name an actual person at the U.S. Embassy in London as the point of contact.  This would never happen if you really had won the visa lottery.  The U.S. Government will NOT ask you to send money to them or to the Embassy in London or any other U.S. Embassy.  Any message that asks you to send money, by mail or by services such as Western Union, is a scam even if a legitimate Embassy address is provided.

The only way to apply for the Diversity Visa Program is through the official U.S. Department of State website during the specified registration period which takes place annually in the Fall.  If you have never registered for the program, you will NOT be contacted in regard to this program, and should find it strange if contacted regarding your winning.

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