Those of you who might have applied for ( or not ) the US Green Card Lottery, and gotten this solicitation, ignore it, for it is a scam, meant to separate you from your money!

Why?

(i) Those who have won the DV lottery will be contacted by the US government and

(ii) Any Green Card Visa issuance fees required will be paid AT the processing center, e.g. at US Nairobi embassy.

Here is the scammer’s letter..

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Dear __________ ,

Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered
for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program.
Selection guarantees that
you will receive a United States Permanent Resident Card(also known as
Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for
further processing.


Acceptance Date: Friday 28th of January 2011 05:08:31 PM
Winner Name: _____________
Country of Birth: Kenya

Is the Diveristy Visa FREE ?
No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity
Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing
fees.

The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity.

Fees:

Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment
of processing fee $821
Processing fees Included
Total $821

INSTRUCTIONS

Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the
Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the
advantages and benefits of a US 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.

Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the
United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you
may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of
experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government
helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa
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 Univeristy so you can continue your
educational study. More details can be found at
http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)

We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($821) is mandatory
and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.

Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters,
children, 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, children, cousin) must pay
$821. There is no discount for children.

Visa Payment processing instructions
The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be
processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.

Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person
money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent
locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is
recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety.

You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency.

Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency
and send the fees payment :
Find Western Union Agency

If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location,
you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf.

After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money,
an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the
payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:

Name : David Leach
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1A 2LQ
United Kingdom

The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in
United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the
diplomatic relations with your country.






After you send the payment follow the next steps :
a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at state.gov.usa@usa.com
b) Email at state.gov.usa@usa.com with the following details (you can
find them on the money transfer receipt):

1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):
2) Exact sender's name on file with Western Union:
3) Exact sender's address on file with Western Union:
4) Exact receiver's name on file with Western Union:
5) Amount sent:

Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received.

Within 72 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 the interview won't deny your visa.




Important Notice!


The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than 5 February
2011. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to
pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays.

Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments
approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity
visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this
date.

The visa processing fee(US$ 821) 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 address is
state.gov.usa@usa.com
 

One Response to Green Card Scams

  1. mikee says:

    You have to be very careful when applying for your green card, i got scammed in 2005 online when i didnt know much about internet fraud. There are people who will con you if you arent careful… Nice Article Mwalimu. I wish such sites existed then, but all the same your article is very informative… Thanks

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