Beware – Diversity Visa Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters!
The U.S. Department of State has reported an uptick in the number of fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program applicants. The scammers are posing as representatives of the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants.
Remember that DV-2012 applicants do NOT receive a notification letter from the U.S. government but must check their status online. DV Entry Status Check will only be provided through the Department of State secure online site .
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I know if a website or email is from the U.S. government?
A. Internet sites ending in the “.gov” top-level domain suffix are official government websites. Any visa-related correspondence coming from an address that does not end with “.gov” should be considered suspect.
Q. How do I recognize fraudulent websites and emails?
A. Some websites and emails try to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official U.S. government websites. These websites are designed to appear official, and often have images of the U.S. flag, U.S. Capitol, White House, or Statue of Liberty. What these websites and emails are missing is the “.gov” suffix on their addresses. Remember that anything that does not end with “.gov” should be considered suspect.
Visa applicants are strongly advised to be cautious in all dealings with non-governmental companies that claim to offer any assistance in obtaining visas.