Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer any assistance in obtaining U.S. visas. There are many websites which attempt to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official U.S. government websites. Many may have a U.S. flag or picture of an official U.S. Government building or famous U.S. person to mislead you into believing that the website is sponsored by the U.S. Government, when they are not. They may attempt to require you to pay for services such as forms and information about immigration procedures, which are otherwise free on the Department of State Visa Services Website, or overseas through the Embassy Consular Section Websites. Additionally, they may require you to pay for services you will not receive by contacting you by email to take advantage of their false offer to get a U.S. Visa.
If you are seeking a U.S. visa or service, we strongly recommend that you read the Department of State's fraud warning on imposter or fraudulent websites, emails and advertisements before proceeding.
DV Program and Scams
If you have received an email notifying you that your application for the Diversity Visa Program has been successful and that in order to proceed with your application you are required to send money by Western Union or bank transfer, you are a victim of a scam.
The Department of State will never send you a letter or email to say you have won. Applicants are required check their status online through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website at www.dvlottery.state.gov.
You will never be asked to pay fees prior to the visa interview. All fees are paid to the cashier at the Embassy or Consulate where you will apply for the visa, on the day of your visa interview.
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.