All 2018 were rumors about closing the program, the Diversity Visa, however, the U.S. government decided to give all who aspire to the American dream, another chance.
Those wishing to try their luck in the lottery green cards every year arrives — accordingly, increasing the number of those who want to cash in. The U.S. Department of state warns reactivated scammers sending emails to lottery participants. In this regard, on the website of the Bureau of consular Affairs was posted the answers to the questions most frequently asked by applicants, fearing to get caught by the scammers on the hook.
How to understand that a website or email really belong to the US government?
Sites whose domains end in «.gov» are official government Internet resources. To directly communicate with more than 200 embassies and US consulates worldwide, visit the website usembassy.gov where they have built their current contact information.
If you study the information on immigration and visas on sites with address in the domain zone «.gov» a high probability that this information is incorrect or inaccurate.
All electronic addresses of state structures of the USA also end in «.gov». Any messages about the visas that you get with emails without «.gov» should arouse suspicion.
Here are the main sites where you can find the official and therefore authentic information on matters of visas and immigration:
- Embassies and consulates USA: usembassy.gov
- The U.S. Department of state, Bureau of consular Affairs: travel.state.gov
- The U.S. Department of state, Diversity immigrant visa: dvlottery.state.gov
- The Department of homeland security (DHS): dhs.gov
- DHS, citizenship and immigration USA: uscis.gov
- DHS, customs and border protection: cbp.gov
- DHS, Immigration and customs police of the USA: ice.gov
- Ministry of labour: doleta.gov
Is immigration information on other websites official?
Many non-governmental websites (e.g., addresses ending in «.com», «.org» or «.net») offer useful information and services in the field of visas and immigration. However, the Department does not support, recommend you to read and sponsor the placement of any information or materials on these resources. They published information can be inaccurate or out of date, so it is always necessary to check with an official source. Use caution in all respects with companies that offer assistance in obtaining visas into the USA, reminds the Bureau of consular Affairs.
How to recognize fraudulent websites and emails masquerading as government?
Some scammers are trying to mislead users design websites and emails. He really like what government sources in that it uses the image of the US flag, the Capitol, the White house or the statue of Liberty. But again, remember the end.»gov»: if not better close this site and without hesitation delete the e-mail.
What is the purpose of a Scam?
Some dealers try to charge unsuspecting victims a fee for immigration and visa services. Such payments are illegal and are not in the state Treasury, but directly to the accounts of speculators.
Others ask money for providing some «important» information or forms of documents that can be found for free on the above official websites.
Also, for a considerable fee you can promise to grant a U.S. visa or green card. However, it is the competence exclusively of the U.S. government such as the Department of state or the Department of homeland security.
By the way, be careful giving any personal information — your rashness may result in identity theft. Visa applicants are strongly advised to exercise caution in all contacts with non-governmental companies that offer assistance in obtaining U.S. visas.
Where to get official information about the Diversity Visa program and then how to check your status?
Official information about the lottery is exclusively on government websites of the United States, ending in «.gov», for example travel.state.gov or dvlottery.state.gov.
To apply for participation in the program is possible only through the us government website and only during the registration period (in 2018, 3 October — 6 November).
To check your status you can. For this, type in the browser address bar dvlottery.state.gov and enter your login information.
Where to report Internet fraud?
To file a complaint on the site econsumer.gov (this is a joint project of agencies for the protection of the rights of consumers in 17 countries, organized by the Federal trade Commission) or by contacting the reception Centre of complaints of Internet crimes to the FBI.