Words of Warning

Beware of Scams

Many companies and individuals are looking for personal information on the Internet. So-called ‘bots’ will possibly be able to find that you are participating in the Visa Lottery. You can receive an email that announces ‘You are a Winner!’
Sorry, but such an email is a fake, it is NOT true.

The U.S. Government does NOT send emails or letters to DV Program participants.
You must distrust emails that give you a ‘Confirmation Number’ or a ‘Case Number’ or a ‘File Number’ and ask you for personal information or for money. Or for both.
The senders of these emails and letters pretend to be a part of the U.S. Government – which they are NOT. They can NOT get you a visa. Does not matter how much you pay them.

Often the address of the website sending you the email is a give-away. It will have an ending like ‘.com’, ‘.net’, ‘.us’.
The addresses of official U.S. Government websites always end in ‘.gov’.

The ONLY way to participate in the DV Program is by entering on the official DV Lottery eDV website.
The ONLY way to find out whether you are selected is to go the eDV website and link to the Entrant Status Check (ESC) page.
IF you are selected you will see a Notice of Selection message.

A Selected Entrant is never required to send fee payment or personal documentation to the U.S. Any agency asking you to do this is a fraud.
Also, the U.S. Government does NOT give Selected Entrants tickets to the U.S. or a house or a job. Any letter or email offering you these ‘freebies’ is a scam.

Do not respond to fraudsters and scammers.
Do not send money.
Do not give information, personal or otherwise.