Again DV Lottery Entrants are receiving emails telling them that they won. Even people who never entered the Visa Lottery are getting emails with congratulations ! Senders use a seal to make their email look official and even include a Winning Number. The receivers of the emails are told to click a link for further processing. The seal is fake and so is the number. The link however is real, delivering the “lucky” people into the hands of the scammers.
The US Department of State (DOS) repeated that it does not send emails or letters to inform DV Entrants that they are selected in the Visa Lottery. It also does not call people. It does not contact people through social media. The only way to find out if one is a winner – or not – is to do the Entrant Status Check on the eDV website. DOS advises strongly not to respond to the email.
There are this year more Visa Lottery scams than ever before ! Especially in Iran, Iraq, Nepal.
Scammers are sending emails and letters to people who entered the DV program last year (DV-2018) or the year before (DV-2017). These emails and letters contain links that will lead to the scammers. Responding to these emails/letters will cost you money, but will not get you a Green Card.
Tthe US Government does NOT send emails or letters to Lottery Entrants informing them that they won. Please do not respond to letters that pretend to be from the National Visa Center NVC, the Kentucky Consular Center KCC, the US Department of State (DOS), US Immigration Services (USCIS). They are all fake. The same goes for emails that you won, they are fake. Your “winning number” is a fake. Please do not react !
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a fraud alert to warn the public.
Scammers are abusing a DHS telephone number. They altered their caller ID to make it seem like the call is coming from the DHS OIG* hotline (1-800-323-8603) and identify themselves as “U.S. immigration employees”.
The scammer then demands personal information, often by telling the person that they called that they are victims of identity theft.
USCIS asks the public to remember that it never asks for payment over the phone or in an email. If USCIS needs you to send a payment, you will receive an official letter with instructions.
- OIG: Office of the Inspector General, the office that oversees USCIS operations.