Diversity Visa Lottery Scam
July 20, 2011 5:43pm CST
So today I opened my email and I have received a letter that supposedly came from the United States Government saying that I have won a US visa Lottery and I need to send $819 by Western Union to London to process the same. Of course I knew it was a scam, just wondering if anyone else got the same email and if anyone fell for it. I hope not! This is what the email says... [b]From: U.S. Department of State Congratulations, you’ve won ! Dear ########, Congratulations on winning a United States Permanent Resident Card through Diversity Visa Lottery. Follow the instruction below to pay the processing fees and start the integration process in the United States as soon as possible. Acceptance Date: Saturday 15th of July 2011 08:10:27 PM Winner Name: ####### Country of Birth: ####### Phone Number: ######## Although participation in the Green Card Lottery is free the winners are required to pay the visa processing fees. The fees are collected by Embassy or Consulate abroad, Department of Homeland Security’s, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The fee is also used to prove your identity and express your interest in the U.S visa so we can make all the demands required for your relocation in the United States. Follow these 5 simple steps to send the payment : Step 1 Find a Western Union agent using Find Us. Step 2 Visit the Western Union agent, taking some personal identification* with you. Step 3 Complete a simple Send form and hand this to the Western Union agent along with $819 and the transfer fee. The payment must be sent to U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom: Traci Chatfield 24 Grosvenor Square London, W1A 2LQ United Kingdom Step 4 You will be given a reference number(MTCN). Step 5 Confirm the payment via email and fax as following : - Fax the Western Union receipt to the following number: +1 484-842-3984 - Email at email@example.com 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) Amount sent: [/b]
21 Jul 11
My parents even received a letter in the mail telling them they won a lottery they never bought a ticket for! Another regular email I get is one from someone claiming to be dying asking me to look after a ridiculously large amount of money and of course this person will need my banking details. These scams are to be ignored; we should never reply but delete them immediately.