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Visa Lottery Scam Even Targeting American Citizens

Since the US Diversity Program, known as the visa lottery, started, scammers have tried to defraud unwitting foreigners of cash, claiming to have an inside to the program. Now, these bottom feeding scum are even targeting Americans – now, how stupid is that?

Just when you thought you’d seen the ultimate in email scams, the bottom feeders who seem to do nothing but spend their days thinking up new ways to rook people come up with another. Ever since the US Government launched the visa lottery program some years back, there have been people who use the desire of many to get to the US to defraud them of their money. I have to start by saying that there’s no fee for applying for these diversity visas as they’re known, only the visa fee paid by successful applicants after they qualify for the program, and those fees are paid to the embassy or consulate that processes the application, not to some facilitator.

Regions and eligible countries for the Diversity Visa lottery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The government doesn’t use blind emails to communicate with applicants either. So, over the years, when anyone has asked me about it, I’ve always told them to ignore these email solicitations because they’re fraud schemes. Thing is, until now, it has been my foreign friends and acquaintances who’ve been targeted. Well, this week that changed. I don’t know who these pond scum are, but they’re either desperate, wide casting their net in the hope that if they go after thousands they might just snare one or two, or just plain stupid.

They don’t seem to distinguish between foreigners who might actually have applied for one of these visa programs, and American citizens who just happen to have lived abroad for the past three years. I got the email below recently. If you read it carefully (before deleting it) you’ll see that the author is clearly not one for whom English is a familiar or native language. He, she, or they also don’t seem to understand that my email address is in the U.S., and therefore, I hardly have need of their services.

Thought (Photo credits: www.mysafetysign.com)

From the Visa promotion

UnisUS visa lottery program

You have been selected as one of the lucky winners of the US Visa through our internet email extracting and screening machine.
This e-mail ballot visa lottery program was held on (10th Jan), This is the 2nd edition of the program and was designed to be held every year. No registration were being made or required, the program was being conducted through computer draw system of e-mail random extractions from world wide registered websites.

Your winning number is. (ABA871657561669N),your visa type permits you to travel with your family. your visa duration is 10 years entry to US. It is renewable upon expiration.

(Processing fees)

Single processing fee ($880) dual/family ($1590)

N.B: YOUR WINNING DETAILS FALL TO ASIA CENTER, THEREFORE REPLY THIS E-MAIL WINNING NOTIFICATION TO THE ASIA REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO HANDLE YOUR VISA ISSUANCE, SHE WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR VISA AND FLIGHT TICKET DOCUMENTS PROCESS,HER CONTACT DETAILS ARE LISTED BELOW.

ASIA/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA
NAME. JANE JAWARRATH (Mrs.)
PHONE. (+66859776529)
E-MAIL. regionalcenter0101@consultant.com

All the selected lucky winner’s will get free air tickets to the US. Your air ticket will be send to you, together with your processed document through DHL courier services before you contact US Embassy in your home country.

Yours faithful
Raphel Norman

National Cordinator

Should you, or anyone you know, receive such an email, it is strongly advised that it be deleted right away. Under no circumstances should you click on links in it, or reply to it. 

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