CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON USA GREEN CARD VISA

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 11:04 am

I just received an email with the very blaring subject line “CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON USA GREEN CARD VISA.”  If I was hoping to get a U.S. visa, I would be excited to receive such an email.  However, it’s very obviously a scam and you should not fall for an email like this.

See the full email below…

How do I know it’s a scam?  Plenty of ways:

1) I did not apply for the DV Diversity Visa lottery.  The only way to enter the lottery is to apply through the official channels.  There is no other method of applying and no other method of being selected.

2) The return email address is usagreenvisa@att.net and the reply email address is davidtanmr@aol.com.  No way would an official State Department email come from one of those email addresses (the State Department is @state.gov).  Furthermore, the State Department itself warns:

The Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center will not e-mail notifications to DV entrants informing them of their winning entry. No other organization or private company is authorized by the Department of State to notify Diversity Visa lottery applicants of their winning entry, or the next steps in the processing of applying for their visa.

3) It asks me for money.  First of all, the amounts of money indicated in the email are incorrect.  According to the State Department’s website, the visa application fee for a DV lottery selectee is $440.

But more importantly, you will never be asked to wire money at all, and you certainly will not be asked to wire money to a private individual.  The Trinidad Express Ask the Consul column says:

There is no fee to enter the DV lottery. You do not need an agent or an attorney to complete your entry or application. DV lottery winners pay fees only to the US Embassy on the day of the visa interview. Even if you have won the lottery, do not pay fees to anyone but the US Embassy.

For student visa applicants there is a separate SEVIS fee, which can be paid using Western Union Quick Pay, but again, you would never be asked to wire money to an individual.

4) Bad grammar, misspellings, odd punctuation and other errors.

5) And most importantly, as soon as I received the email I did a quick Google search on the name of the individual it supposedly came from, a Mr. Tony Brooke, Secretary General US Consulate  Kentucky. Guess what the entire first page of results was?  Visa forums talking about how this email is a scam.

So there you go.  Now you know not to trust this visa scam, and you’ll be ready to deal with the next one that arrives in your email inbox.

Full email.  Click the image to view it larger.

15 Responses to “CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON USA GREEN CARD VISA”

  1. Alejandro Escalona says:

    The next Visa Lottery will likely be in October 2011. It’s totally free. Beware of scams… good luck!

    Alejandro (previous winner)

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  3. Thank you so much for these tips about how to identify a good e-mail from the United States Diversity Lottery opportunity.

  4. Benoit Peterson says:

    I wanna find the U.S.visa.

  5. Ebenezer Konadu says:

    I applied for the US visa lottery but unfortunately, i have lost the after application printed document . Does that mean i can never see whether i have won or not?
    Please help me.

  6. seraphin byiringiro says:

    i just receives this message is it reary i won green card

    De:
    “U.S. Department of State”
    Ajouter l’expéditeur dans les contacts
    À:
    “seraphin byiringiro”

    Your registered name seraphin bnyiringiro ( bobbysee5@yahoo.fr ) is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State notifies seraphin bnyiringiro of being selected as a winner of the Diversity Visa program.

    Dear seraphin bnyiringiro , You are one of the 50,000 winners selected by the computer random draw from the 12.1 million entries registered in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program . The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery.

    Winner Details

    Acceptance Date:

    Friday 23rd of November 2012 02:19:43 PM

    Winner Name:

    seraphin byiringiro

    Country of Birth:

    Rwanda

    Phone Number:

    0

    Diversity Visa Details
    With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a U.S. permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.

    U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling (Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job (in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or University so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)

    Processing fees

    Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)
    United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! – Waiting for payment of processing fee $970
    Processing fees Included
    Total $970
    Although the Diversity Visa participation was free, the law and regulations require to every diversity visa winner to pay a visa processing fee of $970 . The Diversity Visa(Green Card) is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.
    The per person fee for each Diversity Visa is $ 970, payable in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency. This $970 fee is the only fee a winner needs to pay throughout the entire relocation process.
    Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, childrens, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, childrens, cousin) must pay $970 . There is no discount for childrens.
    Please note that you are allowed to take with you as many family members you want. However for each person you must pay an additional amount of U.S $ 970
    For example if you decide to move in the United States with your wife and a kid the total fee is US$970 (your fee) + US$970 (your wife) + US$ 970 (your kid) = US$2910.

    PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the fee payment primarily to process your visa related documents and verify your identity.
    Visa Payment processing instructions

    The fees must be paid by Bank Account Transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.

    NOTE : In order to receive the Bank Account details were you will pay the fees, you must e-Mail us your full name and the country were you want to have the interview !

    After you have paid the money, within 48 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won’t be affected by the interview. After you have paid the processing fees your visa is guaranteed !

    Please Note!

    The payment must be sent via bank transfer in maxx 5 working days after you have received the Bank Account details from U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays. In order to receive the Bank Account details were you will pay the fees, you must e-Mail us your full name and the country were you want to have the interview !
    The visa processing fee(US $ 970) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn’t offer any discount, loan or exception.
    You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time.
    A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees.
    Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number.

    If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email is support@gcl-divp.com !

    CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court.

  7. AFUSAT ALAO says:

    I recieved amail that i av won the visa lottery by mail demanding for 970 us dollara is that true

  8. Rose says:

    i have just recieved mail that i have won a visa, how do i know its authentic? and how do i apply for a green card legally

  9. Deechad says:

    I received a mail informing me that am eligible for an American Green Card which i applied for in 11th Jan,2011.
    No fee is required. I was only asked to finish my registration.
    How do i get my confirmation number?

  10. FADHL says:

    i just receives this message is it reary i won green card

    De:
    “U.S. Department of State”
    Ajouter l’expéditeur dans les contacts
    À:
    “seraphin byiringiro”

    Your registered name seraphin bnyiringiro ( bobbysee5@yahoo.fr ) is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State notifies seraphin bnyiringiro of being selected as a winner of the Diversity Visa program.

    Dear seraphin bnyiringiro , You are one of the 50,000 winners selected by the computer random draw from the 12.1 million entries registered in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program . The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery.

    Winner Details

    Acceptance Date:

    Friday 23rd of November 2012 02:19:43 PM

    Winner Name:

    seraphin byiringiro

    Country of Birth:

    Rwanda

    Phone Number:

    0

    Diversity Visa Details
    With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a U.S. permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.

    U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling (Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job (in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or University so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)

    Processing fees

    Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)
    United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! – Waiting for payment of processing fee $970
    Processing fees Included
    Total $970
    Although the Diversity Visa participation was free, the law and regulations require to every diversity visa winner to pay a visa processing fee of $970 . The Diversity Visa(Green Card) is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.
    The per person fee for each Diversity Visa is $ 970, payable in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency. This $970 fee is the only fee a winner needs to pay throughout the entire relocation process.
    Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, childrens, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, childrens, cousin) must pay $970 . There is no discount for childrens.
    Please note that you are allowed to take with you as many family members you want. However for each person you must pay an additional amount of U.S $ 970
    For example if you decide to move in the United States with your wife and a kid the total fee is US$970 (your fee) + US$970 (your wife) + US$ 970 (your kid) = US$2910.

    PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the fee payment primarily to process your visa related documents and verify your identity.
    Visa Payment processing instructions

    The fees must be paid by Bank Account Transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.

    NOTE : In order to receive the Bank Account details were you will pay the fees, you must e-Mail us your full name and the country were you want to have the interview !

    After you have paid the money, within 48 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won’t be affected by the interview. After you have paid the processing fees your visa is guaranteed !

  11. Nkotanyi Dickson says:

    hello? how can i get this Visa i need it plz?

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