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DV Lottery Scams | Tips To Avoid Getting Scammed!

 

The DV Lottery is an exciting opportunity for potential immigrants to win a chance to obtain a coveted green card.  Millions of people around the world enter the free drawing hoping to be one of the lucky 50,000 winners. 

While there are many legitimate businesses that can help move you through this process, watch out for those that attempt to mislead or scam innocent people out of their money. Beware of potential impostor or fraudulent websites, emails or print advertisements.

Here is an example of an Impostor/Fraudulent Email Scam.  We received this email from one of our clients who was suspicious and asked us to check it out.

 

dv lottery scams

How Do I Know if U.S. Visa Information Is Official and Correct?
The Department of State, Visa Services advises the public that only internet sites including the ".gov" indicator are official government websites, for our agency offices located in the United States. We are proud to have more than 200 U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. While many of these Embassy websites have the ".gov" indicator in their internet address, a number do not. The Department of State websites www.state.gov and travel.state.gov link directly to all U.S. Embassy websites abroad at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. You'll find this link of both Department of State websites listed above. This is a useful way for the public to access Consular Section websites. Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer any assistance in obtaining U.S. visas. Please note the following:

Immigration Related Websites
Many other non-governmental websites (e.g., using the suffixes ".com," ".org" or ".net") provide legitimate and useful immigration and visa related information and services. If payment is requested for information from a non-governmental source, this payment is not received by the U.S. Government and does not apply towards a visa fee. Regardless of the content of other websites, the Department of State does not endorse, recommend or sponsor any information or material shown at these other websites. The information provided may not be correct or up-to-date so should always be verified independently.

Impostor or Fraudulent Websites and Email
A few other websites may try to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official websites. These websites may have a U.S. flag or picture of an official U.S. Government building or famous U.S. person to mislead you into believing that the website is sponsored by the U.S. Government, when they are not. These websites may attempt to require you to pay for services such as forms and information about immigration procedures, which are otherwise free on the Department of State www.state.gov and travel.state.gov websites, or overseas through the Embassy websites. Also, on the Department of Homeland Security websites: www.uscis.gov, www.cbp.gov and www.ice.gov, forms and information are available free of charge. Additionally, these other websites may require you to pay for services you will not receive. These web sites may contact you by email to lure you to take advantage of their false offer to get a U.S. Visa. Additionally, be wary of sending any personal information, since these sites may even be used to gather personal information that could result in identity fraud or theft.

Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Programs and Scams
There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. To learn more, please see the Federal Trade Commission Warning. The only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State Website during the specified and limited-time registration period. Applicants selected in the Diversity Visa random drawing are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center by letter, NOT email and are provided instructions on how to proceed to the next step in the process. No other organization or private company is authorized by the Department of State to notify Diversity Visa lottery applicants of their winning entry, or the next steps in the processing of applying for their visa.

International Scams
For more information about international scams involving internet dating, inheritance, work permits, overpayment, and money-laundering please visit the Department of State's International Financial Scams page.

How Do I Report Internet Fraud or Unsolicited Email?
If you wish to file a complaint about Internet fraud, please see the econsumer.gov website, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, which is a joint effort of consumer protection agencies from 17 nations at http://www.econsumer.gov/english/ or go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). To file a complaint about unsolicited email, contact Department of Justice contact us page.

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Dear Ujjal Chakraborty ,  
 
Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program. Selection guarantees that 
 
you will receive a United States Permanent Resident Card(also known as Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for further processing.  
 
 
 
 
 
Acceptance Date: Thursday 3rd of February 2011 05:33:57 PM  
 
 
 
Winner Name: Ujjal Chakraborty  
 
 
 
Country of Birth: India  
 
 
 
Phone Number: 91-9339664661  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Is the Diversity Visa FREE ?  
 
No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing fees.  
 
The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity. 
 
 
 
Fees: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)  
 
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment of processing fee $839  
 
Processing fees Included  
 
 
 
Total $839  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS  
 
 
 
Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.  
 
 
 
Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)  
 
 
 
We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($839) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.  
 
 
 
Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $839. There is no discount for children.  
 
 
 
Visa Payment processing instructionsThe fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.  
 
Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety.  
 
You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency.  
 
 
 
Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment : 
 
Find Western Union Agency  
 
If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf.  
 
 
 
After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:  
 
 
 
Name : William Daniels  
 
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square  
 
London, W1A 2LQ  
 
United Kingdom  
 
 
 
The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After you send the payment follow the next steps :  
 
a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at state.gov.u.s.a@usa.com 
 
b) Email at state.gov.u.s.a@usa.com with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt):  
 
 
 
1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):  
 
2) Exact sender's name on file with Western Union:  
 
3) Exact sender's address on file with Western Union:  
 
4) Exact receiver's name on file with Western Union:  
 
5) Amount sent:  
 
 
 
Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received.  
 
 
 
Within 72 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances the interview won't deny your visa.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Important Notice! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than February 18, 2011. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays. 
 
Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date.  
 
The visa processing fee(US$ 839) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn't offer any discount, loan or exception.  
 
You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time.  
 
A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees.  
 
Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number.  
 
 
 
If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email address is state.gov.u.s.a@usa.com  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court. PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the facts you provide on this form primarily to determine your assification and eligibility for a U.S. immigrant visa. Individuals who fail to submit this form or who do not provide all the requested information may be denied a U.S. immigrant visa. Although furnishing this information is voluntary, failure to provide this information may delay or prevent the processing of your case. ROUTINE USES: If you are issued an immigrant visa and are subsequently admitted to the United States as an immigrant, the Department of Homeland Security will use the information on this form to issue you a Permanent Resident Card, and, if you so indicate, the Social Security Administration will use the information to issue a social security number. The information provided may also be released to federal agencies for law enforcement, counterterrorism and homeland security purposes; to Congress and courts within their sphere of jurisdiction; and to other federal agencies who may need the information to administer or enforce U.S. laws.  
 
 
 
 
 
Quick Reply  
 
To: "U.S. Department of State" <states.gov.u.s.a@usa.com>  
 
 
 
 
 
Include quoted text with reply  
 
 
 
Posted @ Monday, February 07, 2011 5:18 AM by Ujjal chakraborty
hi i got this mail...is this fake!!
Posted @ Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:03 AM by arun kumar
Objet: U.S. Department of State - Permanent Resident Card for khaled chouit 
De: U.S. Department of State 
À: khaled chouit 
Date: 11.02.2011 10:27 PM 
 
U.S. Department of StateU.S. Department of State sent this message to khaled chouit www.ckdj@gmx.fr) 
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State. 
Congratulations, you've won ! 
Dear khaled chouit , 
Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program. Selection guarantees that 
you will receive a United States Permanent Resident Card(also known as Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for further processing. 
$title  
Acceptance Date: Friday 11th of February 2011 10:26:14 PM 
Winner Name: khaled chouit 
Country of Birth: Algeria 
Phone Number: 213-07-73366442 
 
Is the Diversity Visa FREE ? 
No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing fees. 
 
The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity. 
Fees: 
 
Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person) 
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment of processing fee $884 
Processing fees Included 
Total $884 
 
INSTRUCTIONS 
 
Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years. 
 
Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .) 
We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($884) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment. 
 
Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $884. There is no discount for children. 
 
Visa Payment processing instructions 
The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom. 
 
Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety. 
You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency. 
 
Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment : 
Find Western Union Agency 
If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf. 
 
After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom: 
 
Name : Peter Launder 
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square 
London, W1A 2LQ 
United Kingdom 
 
The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country. 
 
 
After you send the payment follow the next steps : 
 
a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at usa.gov.state@usa.com 
b) Email at usa.gov.state@usa.com with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt): 
 
1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN): 
2) Exact sender's name on file with Western Union: 
3) Exact sender's address on file with Western Union: 
4) Exact receiver's name on file with Western Union: 
5) Amount sent: 
 
Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received. 
 
Within 72 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won't be affected by the interview. 
 
 
 
 
Important Notice! 
 
 
The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than February 26, 2011. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays. 
Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date. 
The visa processing fee(US$ 884) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn't offer any discount, loan or exception. 
You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time. 
A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees. 
Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number. 
 
If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email address is usa.gov.state@usa.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court. PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the facts you provide on this form primarily to determine your assification and eligibility for a U.S. immigrant visa. Individuals who fail to submit this form or who do not provide all the requested information may be denied a U.S. immigrant visa. Although furnishing this information is voluntary, failure to provide this information may delay or prevent the processing of your case. ROUTINE USES: If you are issued an immigrant visa and are subsequently admitted to the United States as an immigrant, the Department of Homeland Security will use the information on this form to issue you a Permanent Resident Card, and, if you so indicate, the Social Security Administration will use the information to issue a social security number. The information provided may also be released to federal agencies for law enforcement, counterterrorism and homeland security purposes; to Congress and courts within their sphere of jurisdiction; and to other federal agencies who may need the information to administer or enforce U.S. laws. 
Posted @ Saturday, February 12, 2011 10:44 AM by chouit khaled
hi ..  
 
i got the same email!! but from "gov.us.states@usa.com". 
 
to be honest .. it confused me till i found they want me to send the money through "Western Union" for someone living in UK!!! i knew its fake .. 
 
they asked me for 880$ to send it to this address 
 
 
 
Name : Lachlan Kennedy  
 
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square  
 
London, W1A 2LQ  
 
United Kingdom  
 
 
 
i am still wondering !! how they got my name and my phone number !!? 
 
 
 
regards
Posted @ Sunday, February 13, 2011 8:16 AM by Fahd
We have been getting a lot of questions about this kind of e-mail these days, and it seems someone is trying to defraud unsuspecting visa applicants. Please do not send any money to anyone telling you they are from the diversity visa lottery. Any such request is definitely a scam!  
 
Please read this blog post as it has some great tips to avoid becoming a victim!
Posted @ Sunday, February 13, 2011 10:36 AM by Michael Pollak
i RECIEVED SIMILER EMAIL INFORMING ME THAT I WON DV LOTTERY, THAT I SHOULD SEND 682 DOLLARS AS PRO FEE .LOOK AT THIS IS TRUE THAT I WON THE LOTTERY? PLEASE REPLY BEFOR THEY WAST MY MONEY U.S. Department of State - Permanent Resident Card for mohamed lamin s darboe 
... 
From:  
U.S. Department of State <states.dv.usa@usa.com> 
... 
Add to Contacts 
To: mohamed lamin s darboe <lamindarboe84@yahoo.com>  
U.S. Department of State U.S. Department of State sent this message to mohamed lamin s darboe (lamindarboe84@yahoo.com) 
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State. 
Congratulations, you've won ! 
Dear mohamed lamin s darboe , 
Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program. Selection guarantees that 
you will receive a United States Permanent Resident Card(also known as Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for further processing. 
$title  
Acceptance Date: Monday 7th of February 2011 08:30:01 AM 
Winner Name: mohamed lamin s darboe 
Country of Birth: Gambia 
Phone Number: 220-979-3883 
 
Is the Diversity Visa FREE ? 
No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing fees. 
 
The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity. 
Fees: 
 
Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person) 
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment of processing fee $682 
Processing fees Included 
Total $682 
 
INSTRUCTIONS 
 
Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years. 
 
Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .) 
We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($682) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment. 
 
Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $682. There is no discount for children. 
 
Visa Payment processing instructions 
The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom. 
 
Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety. 
You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency. 
 
Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment : 
Find Western Union Agency 
If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf. 
 
After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom: 
 
Name : Gerard Johnson 
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square 
London, W1A 2LQ 
United Kingdom 
 
The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country. 
 
 
After you send the payment follow the next steps : 
 
a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at state.dv.usa@usa.com 
b) Email at state.dv.usa@usa.com with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt): 
 
1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN): 
2) Exact sender's name on file with Western Union: 
3) Exact sender's address on file with Western Union: 
4) Exact receiver's name on file with Western Union: 
5) Amount sent: 
 
Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received. 
 
Within 72 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won't be affected by the interview. 
 
 
 
 
Important Notice! 
 
 
The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than February 22, 2011. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays. 
Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date. 
The visa processing fee(US$ 682) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn't offer any discount, loan or exception. 
You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time. 
A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees. 
Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number. 
 
If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email address is state.dv.usa@usa.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court. PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the facts you provide on this form primarily to determine your assification and eligibility for a U.S. immigrant visa. Individuals who fail to submit this form or who do not provide all the requested information may be denied a U.S. immigrant visa. Although furnishing this information is voluntary, failure to provide this information may delay or prevent the processing of your case. ROUTINE USES: If you are issued an immigrant visa and are subsequently admitted to the United States as an immigrant, the Department of Homeland Security will use the information on this form to issue you a Permanent Resident Card, and, if you so indicate, the Social Security Administration will use the information to issue a social security number. The information provided may also be released to federal agencies for law enforcement, counterterrorism and homeland security purposes; to Congress and courts within their sphere of jurisdiction; and to other federal agencies who may need the information to administer or enforce U.S. laws.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 4:15 PM by MOHAMED LAMIN S DARBOE
IS THIS FAKE OR TRUE AGENT? USAFIS THE ATTACH IS WHAT THEY SEND TO MEU.S. Department of State - Permanent Resident Card for mohamed lamin s darboe 
... 
From:  
U.S. Department of State <states.dv.usa@usa.com> 
... 
Add to Contacts 
To: mohamed lamin s darboe <lamindarboe84@yahoo.com>  
U.S. Department of State U.S. Department of State sent this message to mohamed lamin s darboe (lamindarboe84@yahoo.com) 
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State. 
Congratulations, you've won ! 
Dear mohamed lamin s darboe , 
Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program. Selection guarantees that 
you will receive a United States Permanent Resident Card(also known as Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for further processing. 
$title  
Acceptance Date: Monday 7th of February 2011 08:30:01 AM 
Winner Name: mohamed lamin s darboe 
Country of Birth: Gambia 
Phone Number: 220-979-3883 
 
Is the Diversity Visa FREE ? 
No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing fees. 
 
The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity. 
Fees: 
 
Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person) 
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment of processing fee $682 
Processing fees Included 
Total $682 
 
INSTRUCTIONS 
 
Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years. 
 
Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .) 
We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($682) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment. 
 
Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $682. There is no discount for children. 
 
Visa Payment processing instructions 
The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom. 
 
Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety. 
You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency. 
 
Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment : 
Find Western Union Agency 
If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf. 
 
After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom: 
 
Name : Gerard Johnson 
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square 
London, W1A 2LQ 
United Kingdom 
 
The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country. 
 
 
After you send the payment follow the next steps : 
 
a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at state.dv.usa@usa.com 
b) Email at state.dv.usa@usa.com with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt): 
 
1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN): 
2) Exact sender's name on file with Western Union: 
3) Exact sender's address on file with Western Union: 
4) Exact receiver's name on file with Western Union: 
5) Amount sent: 
 
Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received. 
 
Within 72 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won't be affected by the interview. 
 
 
 
 
Important Notice! 
 
 
The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than February 22, 2011. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays. 
Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date. 
The visa processing fee(US$ 682) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn't offer any discount, loan or exception. 
You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time. 
A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees. 
Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number. 
 
If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email address is state.dv.usa@usa.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court. PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the facts you provide on this form primarily to determine your assification and eligibility for a U.S. immigrant visa. Individuals who fail to submit this form or who do not provide all the requested information may be denied a U.S. immigrant visa. Although furnishing this information is voluntary, failure to provide this information may delay or prevent the processing of your case. ROUTINE USES: If you are issued an immigrant visa and are subsequently admitted to the United States as an immigrant, the Department of Homeland Security will use the information on this form to issue you a Permanent Resident Card, and, if you so indicate, the Social Security Administration will use the information to issue a social security number. The information provided may also be released to federal agencies for law enforcement, counterterrorism and homeland security purposes; to Congress and courts within their sphere of jurisdiction; and to other federal agencies who may need the information to administer or enforce U.S. laws.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 4:20 PM by MOHAMED LAMIN S DARBOE
Mohamed - SCAM, SCAM, SCAM! Read the blog article to avoid becoming a victim!
Posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:02 AM by Michael Pollak
I Need Green Coad Lottery.Please Send Me. 
 
Address,House#8St#8Nolakha Park Faiz Bagh Lahore Pakistan 
 
Post Coad,54900
Posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:45 AM by Mohsin Nasar
Mohsin - DV-2013 DV Lottery will begin in early October, 2011. 
 
 
 
Information and instructions for the DV-2013 lottery will be available on the Travel.State.Gov website. Use the link below to view the instructions: 
 
 
 
U.S. Department of State Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery 
 
http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ 
 
 
 
NOTE: 
 
The only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State Website during the specified and limited-time registration period. Applicants selected in the Diversity Visa random drawing are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center by letter, NOT email and are provided instructions on how to proceed to the next step in the process. 
 
 
 
While many other non-governmental websites (e.g., using the suffixes ".com," ".org" or ".net") provide legitimate and useful immigration and visa related information and services, we strongly recommend going directly to the U.S. Department of State. Forms and information are available FREE of charge. We will post the link for Diversity Visa DV-2013 Instructions as soon as it is available. 
 
 
 
The English language version is the only official version. However, some unofficial translations in Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uzbek were published for DV-2012 and we expect the same to be true for DV-2013. 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:23 PM by Michael Pollak
INSTRUCTIONS  
 
 
 
Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.  
 
Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)  
 
We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($880) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.  
 
 
 
Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $880. There is no discount for children.  
 
 
 
 
 
Visa Payment processing instructions 
 
The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.  
 
Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety.  
 
You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency.  
 
 
 
Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment : 
 
Find Western Union Agency  
 
If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf.  
 
 
 
After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:  
 
 
 
Name : Paul Mulry  
 
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square  
 
London, W1A 2LQ  
 
United Kingdom  
 
 
 
The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After you send the payment follow the next steps : a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at gov.state.visa@usa.com 
 
b) Email at gov.state.visa@usa.com with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt):  
 
 
 
1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):  
 
2) Exact sender's name on file with Western Union:  
 
3) Exact sender's address on file with Western Union:  
 
4) Exact receiver's name on file with Western Union:  
 
5) Amount sent:  
 
 
 
Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received.  
 
 
 
Within 72 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won't be affected by the interview.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Important Notice! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than March 9, 2011. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays. 
 
Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date.  
 
The visa processing fee(US$ 880) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn't offer any discount, loan or exception.  
 
You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time.  
 
A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees.  
 
Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number.  
 
 
 
If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email address is gov.state.visa@usa.com
Posted @ Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:24 AM by GMC
recibi ese correo y estaba muy feliz 
pero al leer todos esto comentario 
me he quedado fria,,,,,,,,,,,, me hubiera gustado que fuera cierto
Posted @ Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:20 PM by maria
I receive same letter about i have won Green Card and I have to pay $880 for processing Visa.I wounder how they know my name,Email address and phone number....?? 
 
I want to go USA Embassy for further information about all these stuffs
Posted @ Saturday, March 12, 2011 5:16 AM by ISAAC WILLIAM MAKUNDI
i received the email from "U.S.Department of state" at thursday , march10,2011. 
 
it was contained this title : " you are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program ..." 
 
and i did a little checking , so just let me now : are they just want to cheating innocent people out of their hard earing money ?Or no ?
Posted @ Monday, March 14, 2011 2:22 AM by SARA KABI
Sara - It's a scam! Keep your hard earned money and don't fall for this.
Posted @ Monday, March 14, 2011 7:01 AM by Immigrationgucl
please help me i was not well at last month so i could not assess my email .i just assess it this month and i have seen that i won the U.S LOTTERY but the date is past so what should i do?
Posted @ Thursday, March 24, 2011 11:39 AM by birago margaret
U.S. Department of State sent this message to Markus ...  
 
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State. Congratulations, you've won !  
 
 
 
Dear Markus .........,  
 
Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program. Selection guarantees that 
 
you will receive a United States Permanent Resident Card(also known as Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for further processing.  
 
 
 
 
 
Acceptance Date: Sunday 17th of April 2011 10:59:44 AM  
 
 
 
Winner Name: Markus ... 
 
Address: 71  
 
 
 
City: ...  
 
 
 
Country of Birth: Germany  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Is the Diversity Visa FREE ?  
 
No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing fees.  
 
The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity. 
 
 
 
Fees: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)  
 
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment of processing fee $880  
 
Processing fees Included  
 
Total $880  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS  
 
 
 
Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.  
 
 
 
Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)  
 
 
 
We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($880) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.  
 
 
 
Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $880. There is no discount for children.  
 
 
 
 
 
Visa Payment processing instructions 
 
The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.  
 
Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety.  
 
You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency.  
 
 
 
Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment : 
 
Find Western Union Agency  
 
If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf.  
 
 
 
After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:  
 
 
 
Name : Gerard Johnson  
 
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square  
 
London, W1A 2LQ  
 
United Kingdom  
 
 
 
The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After you send the payment follow the next steps :  
 
a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at state.national.gov@usa.com 
 
b) Email at state.national.gov@usa.com with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt):  
 
 
 
1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):  
 
2) Exact sender's name on file with Western Union:  
 
3) Exact sender's address on file with Western Union:  
 
4) Exact receiver's name on file with Western Union:  
 
5) Amount sent:  
 
 
 
Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received.  
 
 
 
Within 72 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won't be affected by the interview.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Important Notice! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than May 2, 2011. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays. 
 
Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date.  
 
The visa processing fee(US$ 880) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn't offer any discount, loan or exception.  
 
You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time.  
 
A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees.  
 
Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number.  
 
 
 
If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email address is state.national.gov@usa.com  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court. PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the facts you provide on this form primarily to determine your assification and eligibility for a U.S. immigrant visa. Individuals who fail to submit this form or who do not provide all the requested information may be denied a U.S. immigrant visa. Although furnishing this information is voluntary, failure to provide this information may delay or prevent the processing of your case. ROUTINE USES: If you are issued an immigrant visa and are subsequently admitted to the United States as an immigrant, the Department of Homeland Security will use the information on this form to issue you a Permanent Resident Card, and, if you so indicate, the Social Security Administration will use the information to issue a social security number. The information provided may also be released to federal agencies for law enforcement, counterterrorism and homeland security purposes; to Congress and courts within their sphere of jurisdiction; and to other federal agencies who may need the information to administer or enforce U.S. laws.  
 
Posted @ Monday, April 18, 2011 8:49 AM by markus
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