USCIS has reported that scammers send fraudulent emails to potential victims, claiming that the person has won the Green Card lottery. The scammer will ask the victim to send or wire money. Do not send money or fax information. Don’t fall for these scams!
The dollar amounts requested have commonly been $879, $819 and $880, but amounts vary. They also have used the following street addresses: 73 Queens Avenue, London, N20 0JB or 30 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LA or 24 Grosvenor Square, and London W1A 1AE (the address of the US Embassy in London).
The scammers might use emails that look confusingly similar to emails that are used by the U.S. State Department. Addresses used include: @kccdv.org, @greencard-org.com, @usafis-org.com, @usa-dv-gov.org, @diplomats.com, @usa.com, @usa-lottery-gov.org, @visa-gov-us.org, @post.com, @dv-state.com. There are likely many more false addresses in addition to the ones listed here. One way to tell that an email is a fraud is that it does not end with a “.gov”.
How to Report Fraudulent Emails
Do not respond to the sender of a fraudulent email. Forward any fraud email requesting you wire money via Western Union to firstname.lastname@example.org or report it by calling 1-800-448-1492. Also report any fraud emails to the Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
For more information on this type of fraud, please see the Department of State’s fraud warning and the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer alert on the matter.
For more information about the Diversity Visa Program, see http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ and review the Department of State’s Travel.State.Gov DV Instructions webpage.