For several hundred years there have been cruel scams aimed at those wishing to go to “America.” Below is one of the latest: a phishing email that’s intended to steal identity information from those seeking to immigrate.
Not only does it distort the real reason for the U.S. State Department’s Diversity Visa Program, but it tells the potential victim that they have won $100,000 as well.
(Received: from mail.kfcdc.edu.tw
Ministry of Education Computer Center
12th Fl, 106, Hoping E. Road, Sec 2.
Taiwan Republic of China, R.O.C
Public Communication Division, PA/PL
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20520
You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the (DV) DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT PROGRAM for the fiscal Year 2010. This official U.S. government program aims to diversify the United States population by creating an immigration opportunity for under-represented groups. Properly completed entries are entered into a computer-generated lottery and winners are randomly selected. Winners and their family members are able to live, work, and study in the United States!
Your visa winning/case numbers identity is 2010AF00J051PXXX and the serial net visa passport attached to your case number is SNVPh700IU. Your visa type permits you to travel with your family and Your visa duration is 10 years multiple entry to the United States. It is renewable upon expiration and it permits you to work, study and own properties in the United States.
Your selection as a winner entitles you to $100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars) which will be made available to you upon your arrival in the United States. The visa gives you an opportunity to apply for and acquire a United States of America citizenship green card while residing in the United States of America.
Mahabir Estrella Fernandez
PLEASE CONTACT CONSULAR Jeffrey Kellerman WITH YOUR WINNING CASE NUMBERS AND YOUR VISA PASSPORT SERIAL NUMBERS. HE WILL HANDLE YOUR VISA DOCUMENTATIONS, ALSO GUIDE AND PUT YOU THROUGH YOUR VISA AND FLIGHT TICKET DOCUMENTS PROCESSING. HIS CONTACT DETAILS ARE LISTED BELOW.
Name: Jeffrey Kellerman
This e-mail is for the intended recipient only If you have received it by mistake please let us know by reply and then delete it from your system, access, disclosure, copying, distribution or reliance on any of it by anyone else is prohibited.
If you as intended recipient have received this e-mail incorrectly, please notify the sender (via e-mail) Immediately.
The real Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
The U.S. State Department has a page describing the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program here. It includes:
“The Congresionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
“Please Note: There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to “complete” lottery entry forms. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. The Department of State notifies successful Diversity Visa applicants by letter, and NOT by e-mail. To learn more see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.”
No streets of gold. No $100,000.