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The Public is Warned against the Increasing US Diversity Visa Scams

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The US Immigration authorities issued a warning against the growing number of attempts to scam people involving the US Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

US Diversity Visa Lottery Program Scam Alert

The US Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a congressionally-mandated annual lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card or Green card. It is also known as Green Card Lottery. The program annually grants permanent resident visas to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Scammers are sending fraudulent emails and letters to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants, posing as authorized US State personnel, in an attempt to extract payment.

In an advisory, the US Embassy in Manila warned Filipinos and the public in general about this US Diversity Visa Scam and other visa scams. First of all, the Philippines is ineligible of the said program. And the DV lottery program is free.

One form of the US Diversity Visa scam e-mail instructs recipients to send money via Western Union to a fictitious person supposed to be working at the US Embassy in London. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should money be sent to ANY address to participate in the DV lottery.

The embassy is advising people applying for US visas to be cautious before deciding to send by e-mail their personal and financial information. Verify first with the authorities to avoid being victimized by scammers and identity thieves.

Know more about the US Diversity Visa Lottery Program and how to protect yourself from scammers via the following links:

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