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U.S. Embassy Warns of Diversity Visa Lottery Fraud

January 25, 2011

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu wishes to address recent concerns over e-mails to Nepali citizens that claim to be sent on behalf of the U.S. Department of State or Bureau of Consular Affairs.  Any person who receives an e-mail that mentions Diversity Visa or promises you a Green Card should consider the contents illegitimate and fraudulent. Nepali citizens who receive such emails are encouraged to send them to the Consular Section’s Fraud Prevention Unit at

The Consular Section would like to highlight two important points:

  1. Diversity Visa notifications are NOT sent via e-mail. Any e-mails that state you have won the lottery or a green card are not legitimate.  Diversity Visa lottery entrants can check the status of their online application by visiting our website for the DV2012 season after May 1, 2011.  No other organization or private company is authorized to notify Diversity Visa lottery applicants of their winning entry, or the next steps in the process of applying for their visa.
  2. Only internet sites including the ".gov" indicator are official U.S. government websites. If you receive any e-mail from an address that is from a “.com”, “.net”, “.org,” or anything other than “.gov,” please be aware that it is not a legitimate e-mail from the U.S. Embassy or the Department of State.

Some websites try to mislead the public into thinking they are sponsored by the U.S. Government by including a U.S. flag or picture of a U.S. Government building.  They are not official U.S. websites. These fraudulent websites may require you to pay for services that are otherwise free on the Department of State and websites.

If you wish to file a complaint about Internet fraud, please see the website, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission at or go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). To file a complaint about unsolicited email, please contact Department of Justice contact us page.

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