US warns of DV fraud, US Diversity visa Lottery fraud

The U.S. Embassy on Tuesday expressed concern over emails about DV Lottery sent to Nepali citizens that claim to be forwarded on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and Bureau of Consular Affairs.

In a statement on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy said the emails mentioning DV and promising a recipient a Green Card are illegitimate and fraudulent. It has also asked Nepali citizens receiving such emails to send them to Consular Section’s Fraud Prevention Unit at [email protected]

The embassy informed that DV notifications are not sent via email and no other organisation and private company is authorised to notify DV applicants of their winning entry and the next steps in the process of applying for visa.

“Only internet sites including the “.gov” indicator are official U.S. government websites,” read the statement.

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A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. All applicants should be familiar withinformation about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DVprogram so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom. While DV applicants may receive an email from the U.S. government reminding them to check their status online through DV Entrant Status Check, they will not receive a notification letter or email informing them that they are a successful DV entrant.

The  fees for the DV application process are paid to the U.S. Embassy or consulate cashier at the time of your scheduled appointment. The U.S. government will never ask you to send payment in advance by check, money order, or wire transfer.


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