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October 20, 2006

DV Lottery Scams on Increase

From AILA Oct. 12, 2006;

AILA members have seen a marked increase in recent weeks in fake emails telling people that they have "won" the visa lottery. If you receive one of these emails, know that it is not legitimate--it is just someone trying to steal your money. If you really are selected for the visa lottery, you are notified by the State Department by regular mail, NOT by email, and money is NOT requested up front. If you receive an email notification, and/or if money is requested, ignore that communication--it is a scam.

Below is a typical scam email, but note that there are a lot of different variations on this:

“From: "U.S. Department Of State"
Subject: AMERICAN DV2006 VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM:FINAL LIST OF WINNERS FOR DV2006.

DV LOTTERY.STATE.GOV
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
www.dvlottery.state.gov

Dear Winner, …”.

Posted by VisaLawyer at October 20, 2006 11:52 AM

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