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i received this e-mail today and wanted to give you a heads up as there seems to be a lot of people being scammed by this vile person(s).U.S. Department of State sent this message to joanne hughes ([protected]
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Congratulations, you've won !
Dear joanne hughes,
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: Thursday 10th of March 2011 05:03:56 PM
Winner Name: joanne hughes
Country of Birth: United Kingdom

Is the Diversity 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.

Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment of processing fee $880
Processing fees Included
Total $880


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 .)
We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($880) 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 $880. 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 : Anthony Nocka
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[protected]
b) Email at[protected] 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 your visa status won't be affected by the interview.

Important Notice!

The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than March 25, 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$ 880) 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[protected]

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court. PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the facts you provide on this form primarily to determine your assification and eligibility for a U.S. immigrant visa. Individuals who fail to submit this form or who do not provide all the requested information may be denied a U.S. immigrant visa. Although furnishing this information is voluntary, failure to provide this information may delay or prevent the processing of your case. ROUTINE USES: If you are issued an immigrant visa and are subsequently admitted to the United States as an immigrant, the Department of Homeland Security will use the information on this form to issue you a Permanent Resident Card, and, if you so indicate, the Social Security Administration will use the information to issue a social security number. The information provided may also be released to federal agencies for law enforcement, counterterrorism and homeland security purposes; to Congress and courts within their sphere of jurisdiction; and to other federal agencies who may need the information to administer or enforce U.S. laws.


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Aug 22, 2011 7:31 am EDT

I am too received such type of email today

Aug 22, 2011 7:28 am EDT

I have too received such type of email today and decided to ignore this email because of reading above discussion .

Jul 26, 2011 4:32 pm EDT

Yup ur absolutely correct..!

Jul 20, 2011 3:55 pm EDT
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I'm from sri lanka & I have got the same email as above, Please advice if it's scam
Thank you

Jul 20, 2011 1:41 pm EDT

They already stole approximately 400 euros from me..
This is a scam... becoming a US citizen should be FREE, since it is supposed to be the country of Liberty..
But truth is that most of Us citizen are no longer free.. but rather enslaved.

Jul 14, 2011 6:22 am EDT

yeah this is obviously a scam. it sucks! haha u were kind of excited to open the email as u can see the subject "U.S state department" blah blah.. but as u go on reading all the way u will realize its scam.. arrggh...

Jul 13, 2011 9:58 am EDT

is this a joke, i don't think that it is true because dv2012 is just postpone by us government.i get one of those .when i search i found that they only approve 22000 person not 50000 so it must be fake.otherwise they must submit the lottery result.
best of luck

Jul 12, 2011 5:21 pm EDT

I also got the same email today. I called the US Embassy in my country of residency, although I knew this is a scam half way through reading the email. I've been advised that if you are a winner you would have been infomed back in May via letter only. Also, an interview is mandatory, which isn't even stated in the email. Well, it also turns out that I haven't entered the DV-Lottery last year. I am not sure how they got my email address. There was a website though, which kept hasseling me to pay for the entry. The entry is free! So don't get fooled by that either.

Best of Luck

Jun 14, 2011 8:03 am EDT

Hi, I've got the same message, but I've applied for my girlfriend.
There are couple things that I'm not sure of
1. They would never contact you via e-mail
2. None of fees are transferred thru Western Union(even on EBay or Craigslist they say that it is fraud)
3. There is no contact phone or the person who you can talk to.

And in my case they didn't mention THE NAME OF THE WINNER! So i don't know is it for me or my girlfriend
Actually I'vi got mine 2 years ago

Good Luck

Jun 09, 2011 9:54 pm EDT
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hi i am from Romania and i receive today the same email .If somebody knows something about that, please send me an advice about what i can do in the future .It's true or false?

Apr 22, 2011 7:40 pm EDT

hi i am mayo i am working in saudi arabia and i have received the same email kindly i badly need advice for i am ready to confirm this...

your help is greatly appreciated

Mar 14, 2011 9:16 pm EDT
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I've got a message of the same kind.
I wonder is this a true thing or it's a spam?
Do you know?
Thank you,