THE United States Embassy in Suva is warning Diversity Visa — Green Card — lottery entrants to be aware of hoax emails.
In a statement yesterday, a US Embassy spokesperson said they were aware of an increase in DV Visa lottery scams.
The embassy spokesperson said all DV lottery entrants needed to be wary of emails claiming to be sent from the US Department of State informing recipients they have won the visa lottery or requesting the payment of fees.
The statement said the Department of State would never inform lottery winners by email.
The spokesperson said the only manner an entrant can be sure they had won is through an Entrant Status Check.
"This check can only be done online at www.dvlottery.state.gov and requires entrants' input, the unique confirmation code given at the time of entrance into lottery," the spokesperson said.
Furthermore, the US Department of State will never request money to be paid online in relation to any stage of the Diversity Visa Lottery, the spokesperson said.
"For winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery, application fees are only collected at the US Embassy in Suva on the day of the interview.
"Don't be fooled. The current rash of fraudulent emails appear quite legitimate, often containing personally identifiable information, such as entrant names or phone numbers, or using US government logos."
The embassy has requested that if people receive an email of such nature, they should not send money to any unknown source.
The spokesperson recommended that if applicants have doubts, they should log into Entrant Status Check on www.dvlottery.state.gov to check your status directly.