Don’t get caught up in online visa lottery scams while chasing your American dream
If you are one of those individuals looking to become a green card holder in the United States, which you believe is your only path for a comfortable life, better do a reality check. No matter how hard you try to convince yourself, but the truth is that getting a green card is not so easy. Tens of millions of applications are submitted and crushed every year, as the U.S. grants hardly 55,000 visas each year. And be practical, the U.S. State Department doesn’t hold any personal attachment to any person to grant him any special privilege. So, when you get an e-mail showing affiliations to the U.S. State Department and claiming that, for a fee, they can make it easier for you to enter department’s annual Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program or increase your chances of being selected, there is no reason to go bonkers. The senders of these e-mails are, in probability, elements who misrepresent themselves with the intention to cheat you of your money. Some of the popular names used by these criminals for the Diversity Immigrant Visa program include- Diversity Visa lottery, The Visa Lottery, or The Green card Lottery.
You cannot easily discriminate these e-mails because they look very real with the State Department logo and letterhead in place. They though take things a little too far by assuring you that you will be entitled to health insurance, apartments, and a host of other benefits, once becoming a permanent citizen. The weaker amongst us can easily fall prey to such temptations. You will be prompted to make a payment to some discrete location at the earliest so that your name can be pushed forward for the card. This last part about sending money is the tricky part and should alert you.
Tips to identify Diversity Visa scams:
- Simple. Keep in mind that the U.S. State Department is not into sending e-mails giving advices and asking for money, whether directly or indirectly. Even if you come across e-mails that look authentic and bear similar logos and letterheads, just ignore them.
- Check whether you fall in the list of eligible country. If not, no matter how sweet these e-mails sound, you are never going to make it to the U.S. Also, go through the education and training requirements.
- The State Department is not influenced by your emotions. So, anyone trying to convince that he/she is related to the department and wishes to help you is pure deception.
- The moment you see that you are required to send money and that too immediately, should set the alarm bells ringing.
- Since the selection process is random and the draw is computer-generated, there is no way anyone can increases your chances
- The only website that you need to rely on for the DV program is www.dvlottery.state.gov.
Remember these scammers have no intention of helping you realize your American dream. If at all, you will be left with a bitter experience, as you have to part your hard earned money. So, it is better to be prepared to give these scammers the treatment they deserve.