The Department of State, Office of Visa Services is warning the public of an increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. They warned that scammers may try to pose as U.S. government officials, trying to deceive applicants and possibly trying to take their money and private information. They warned DV applicants to only interact with the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Applicants should visit https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ for official U.S. government information on the program.
DOS began taking online registration for the FY2018 Diversity Visa Program on 10/4/16. The registration period will end on Monday, 11/7/16. Again, please visit https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ for official U.S. government information on the program and more details.
Source of Information:
travel.state.gov, Web Page: Fraud Warning – Diversity Visa Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
U.S. Department of State, Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery, Web Page: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Avoid Scams, Web Page: http://www.uscis.gov/avoidscams