DV-2011 Green Card / Diversity Lottery Scams

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Old Sep 24th, 2009, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default DV-2011 Green Card / Diversity Lottery Scams

If you or someone you know is trying to get a green card - the right to live in the United States permanently - be on the lookout for unscrupulous businesses and attorneys. They'll claim that, for a fee, they can make it easier to enter the U. S. State Department's annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery (also known commonly as the "green card lottery", but the U.S. government NEVER uses this phrase, so that is a clear tipoff to a scam) or increase your chances of winning the DV lottery.

Each year, the State Department conducts a lottery through its DV program to distribute applications for 50,000 immigrant visas. Winners of the lottery have a chance to apply for an immigrant visa, which can be used to enter the U. S. Winners are selected randomly, and there is no fee to enter the lottery.

Green Card Lottery Scams

According to lawyers at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, some businesses and attorneys misrepresent their services by saying that:
  • they are affiliated with the U.S. government;
  • they have special expertise or a special entry form that is required to enter the lottery;
  • their company has never had a lottery entry rejected;
  • their company can increase an entrant's chances of "winning" the lottery;
  • people from ineligible countries still are "qualified" to enter the lottery.

In addition, some companies jeopardize an entrant's opportunity to participate in the lottery by filing several entries. These companies also may charge lottery-winning applicants substantial fees to complete the application process.
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Old Sep 24th, 2009, 03:59 AM   #2
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For details about the State Department's Diversity Visa lottery click the link below:

>> DV-2011 green card lottery starting on 2 October 2009

You also may call the State Department's Visa Services' Public Inquiries Branch at 202-663-1225. This number has recorded information with an option to speak with a visa specialist during normal business hours. Those overseas should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.

To file a complaint call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
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Thank you for sharing valuable information.
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