The US Green Card lottery which is an official program conducted by the US Congress, grants 50,000 diversity immigrant visas to people from various eligible countries around the world. Entrants of the Diversity Visa lottery program and the people who seek to immigrate to the United States through the DV lottery program are defrauded by many fraudsters.
Such fraudsters contact the people and say that they had won the Green Card lottery. Fraudsters catch people who had applied for the DV lottery, just by cold-calling. People who had entered the program and who are unaware of such scam at times believe those fraudsters and are found to become victims of telephone fraud.
Numerous people in the United States receive such calls from different phone numbers and the callers try to convince the people saying that they had won the Green Card lottery though the caller does not know whether the individual has applied for the DV lottery or not. Moreover such fraudsters require money for that and they also convince the people and make them pay for nothing. Tellows, which is a global community website against telephone scams, was developed to work against such harassment.
Tellows allows everyone to report scam and it helps the people who are victims of such fraud. Phone scam is not only restricted to the United States and it is an international matter. Many other websites similar to Tellows provide protection to the people. Fraudsters who are aware of such services, plan new methods to defraud people. They do all this only to earn money.
In order to recognize Green Card lottery scam, the applicants must be aware of this program which is conducted by the US government. The registration for the DV lottery program is free and the only way to enter this program is by filing an online application. Furthermore, the US government does not contact the winners through mails or e-mails.
The entrant can get to know whether he has won the lottery only through the entrant status check on the E-DV website. Fraudsters who contact the consumers ask them to pay for this service which is actually free and they also try to obtain their bank details. Spam e-mails with such content are being sent to the people and they also defraud the people through their fake websites that are designed similar to the government website.
Fraudsters just call the people and state that they had won the Green Card lottery and ask them to pay a certain amount of money for further details and ask the consumer’s credit or debit card numbers. Tellows warns the people of such telephone scam and online methods are considered to be more effective against scam as the internet users may look up unknown numbers before they could make a payment.