Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Diversity Visa Lottery Scams: Part IV

What do I need to know about scams?

Scammers try to trick people who enter the Diversity Visa Lottery. Scammers might:
·                 charge you money to help you apply
·                 promise to increase your chance of being picked
·                 send you a message saying you won and ask for money.
If you remember how the Diversity Visa Lottery works, it will be hard for scammers to get your money.
·                 It is free to enter the Diversity Visa lottery at dvlottery.state.gov.
·                 The drawing is random. There is no way to increase your chance of winning.
·                 You can find out your status only at dvlottery.state.gov.
·                 You do not pay until you find out your entry was picked, and you go to the U.S. embassy or consulate in person for your appointment.

What should I do if I spot a scam?

If you suspect a scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission:
·                 Call 1-877-382-4357.
·                 Go to ftc.gov/complaint.
You can give as much information as you want. Investigators are happy for any information you give.

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