Green Card Experts receives hundreds of enquiries each year from people who say they have received an email or telephone call from someone who claims to be from the US State Department, the Kentucky Consular Center, or some other branch of the US Government. These email messages or telephone calls claim that the person has "won" the Green Card Program or been "selected" in the US Visa Program and asks the person to send a payment (usually by Western Union or by credit card) in order to receive the US visa. BEWARE OF THESE FRAUDULENT COMMUNICATIONS!
In many cases, the person receiving the fraudulent email or phone call is asked to send payment to the attention of a specific person who is located in a country outside of the United States or to give a credit card number over the telephone. Remember that if you do win the Green Card Program, you will receive your visa application documents in writing and by post. Any visa-related fees will usually be made in person at your local US Embassy or Consulate, or if the fee is to be sent by post, it will be made payable to the US Department of State. Under no circumstances will an official winner of the Diversity Visa Program program ever be instructed to make a payment to an individual or over the phone with a credit card.
Many of these scams also claim that the person has won free plane tickets together with their US visa. The US Government does not provide free airfare to winners of the Visa Program.
Additional red flags to look for when receiving such bogus notices are email addresses that are not in the "state.gov" or the "usa.gov" domains and contact telephone numbers that do not have US dialing prefixes.
The notices sent by scammers can be quite official looking. They often are very long and contain many confusing references to pin codes, visa types, winning numbers, etc. DO NOT BE FOOLED! True winning notices are not complicated and convey information very clearly. If you have any doubts about a "winning notice" you have received by email, or a telephone call you’ve received claiming that you are a winner of the US Visa Program, please contact us. Forward whatever information you have and we will gladly help you assess whether you are being targeted as a victim of fraud. For honest and accurate information concerning the Green Card Program, and for instructions on how to apply, please be sure to visit $WebSite.