18 August 2006

US: Warning over visa lottery emails

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association have warned the public against falling victim to a hoax email claiming the recipient has won the 'visa lottery.'

The email claims to come from the U.S. Department of State, stating that "you have been selected as one of the lucky winners" of the DV visa lottery and asking for payment of $749 for singles and $949 for families is not a legitimate notification.

AILA's warning is very clear:

"The sender is trying to steal your money, and you will not get a visa from it. A copy of the false email is attached," they state on their website.

"A legitimate notification of selection under the DV lottery will come ONLY by mail, will include a packet of forms for you to complete, and will NOT ask you for money."

To read an example of the hoax emails, click here.

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