People interested in or who have applied for the Diversity Lottery Visas should be aware that there has been a “notable increase” in fraudulent emails from scammers attempting to deceive unknowing victims into remitting visa fees for “winning” a visa under the program. I can confirm this because I myself have recently seen a fraudulent email forwarded to me by a client. Readers interested in learning more should definitely consult the Department of State, which has put out an informative FAQ on how to recognize whether an email is legitimate. In short, any email from the government would come from a website with “.gov” at the end. Moreover, applicants for the 2012 Diversity Lottery will not receive a letter or email confirming that they have won; applicants are expected to directly check the status of their applications online. Therefore, if you or someone you know has received an email or letter regarding the 2012 Lottery, they should be wary of government imposters.
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