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TO RECOGNIZE A SUSPICIOUS OR POSSIBLY FRAUDULENT
VISA DIVERSITY LOTTERY PROGRAM WEB SITE
Be on the alert for fake lawyers,
fake web sites, fake claims, fake emails, anyone who offers
to help you win a DV Lottery Program for a fee. They may charge any amount
of money: victims have told us they gave as much as $500 to $1,000 to a scammer
to enter them in the DV Lottery, only to lose everything.
During every DV Lottery Program registration period, scammers
create web sites to mislead those who wish to enter. Some of these web
sites are open all year.
So that you are not drawn in to a fake web site,
the first rule is to NEVER enter your information anywhere but on the US
Government web site form:
http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. ALL US Government web sites
contain .gov somewhere in the web site address (URL). If you do not
see .gov in the URL, it is NOT a US Government web site.
A suspicious or possibly fraudulent web site:
Does not have an "About Us" page.
not publish it's street address and phone number on the contact page.
you to pay a fee for unknown services or for services that are not required,
such as attorney fees or administration fees.
up to date - i.e. is still open for you to register for a DV Lottery Program
that is closed or one that is not open yet.
Requires that you file your application on their site instead of on the
http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ web site. Never file your
information any site other than the
http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ web site. You could be at risk
of Identity Theft.
Requires that you provide your DV Lottery Program information on a web site
that does not have https:// in the web address (URL). The "s"
means the site is secure. If there is no "s" in a URL that asks for
personal information, you risk letting anyone and everyone see your
information AND you do not know who you are giving your information to.
Guarantees that you will win.
a gift or free airline tickets (these are called "incentives") if you register on the site and pay a fee.
That is false if the cost of the gift is as much or more than they are
asking you to pay
that it can mail in your photos for you. This is not true. All
photos must be scanned onto the computer you are using, then submitted with
and as the same time as the online application. Photos cannot be
submitted separately from the online application.
that they are affiliated with the U.S. Government. Always verify this by
contacting the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. Unscrupulous attorneys
will also say they are affiliated with the US Government and, there always
those who are only pretending to be an attorney.
they have special expertise or a special entry form that is required to enter
the lottery. That's not true - no special knowledge or expertise is
required to fill out the DV Lottery applications.
States that their company has never had a lottery entry rejected. This
is completely impossible: the selection process is completely random. In other words, it's like drawing names out of
that their company can increase an entrant?s chances of winning the lottery.
Again, this is a complete lie. The application is very clean and easy to
follow. Your name, address, phone, level of education, your wife's name,
the names of your children, photos of everyone ... that's the type of
information you have to provide. Then your name is drawn at random,
again - exactly like drawing names out of hat.
you that people from ineligible countries still are qualified to enter the
lottery. That is totally false. If you are from a country that is
ineligible for the years you wish to file a DV Lottery Program application,
you must use another method to obtain your Green Card. All methods are
available to you on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web site:
name that sounds like it is the US Government but the web address, the URL,
does not end in or contain .gov.
that it can submit more than one entry in your name. This is not only a
lie, but will ruin your chances of winning. You can only submit one
entry. See Question and
Answer #26 that explains what to do if you are having a problem submitting
your online application in the 60 minute time period due to slow Internet
connections and other electronic problems.
you to believe in any manner whatsoever that the people behind the web site
have any special ability to fill out your application for you OTHER than to
help you with the translation.
Says that US residents can also apply for the DV Lottery.
The truth is that unless one is an undocumented alien the foreign resident
already has a US visa. Furthermore, an undocumented alien would have
to lie about his or her current residence address, which is considered
need assistance translating the application, any US Embassy or Consulate will
assist you. Most universities have English-speaking members of the
staff. International banks always have English-speaking personnel on
staff. Most places of worship know of someone in the community or a
nearby community who speaks English.