Iraqis warned about US Visa Scam
November 4 , 2013
The US Embassy in Baghdad has issued a warning to Iraqis seeking US visas to be cautious about an online scam. As part of its Diversity Visa (DV) program, the US government offers up to 55,000 visas each year to applicants from countries across the world that have low rates of immigration to the US. The applicants have to meet strict eligibility criteria and, once selected, get green cards that allow them to become permanent residents of the United States.
Applicants need to apply through the US State Department website, dvlottery.state.gov. The scam operates by displaying online instructions to applicants asking them to send money to a person apparently at the US Embassy in London, via Western Union's money transfer service. The US Embassy in Baghdad has warned applicants that "Under no circumstances should money be sent to any address for participation in the DV program."