Visa Lottery USA - Fraud and Scam Warning
There are many commercial or non-government web sites that are deceiving people into believing that they official U.S. Government sites or approved by the U.S. Government. They may even contact you by e-mail to lure you to their offers.

There are some companies who claim to be the U.S. Government demand money in order to complete the green card lottery application.

Please note that the only official way to apply for the U.S. green card lottery is to apply online at the Dept. of State web site and there is no fee to apply.

NOTE: immihelp®.com is a legitimate private web site, not affiliated with any government agency. immihelp®.com provides the free information for U.S. immigration and never charges any money nor represents the clients. Please read more about us in the Disclaimer. Therefore, immihelp®.com should not be confused with any other web sites that provide any green card lottery information or charge money.

If you have been selected in the green card lottery, you will receive the confirmation by postal mail, and NOT by email. Therefore, if you receive any such email, it must be a spam.

You should really complete the green card lottery online application yourself, rather than through "Visa Consultants" or "Visa Agents" or other facilitators who offer to submit an application on your behalf. In many cases, these people write their own address rather than the applicant's address. In case any such applicants are selected in the lottery, such facilitators would get the notice rather than the applicant directly. In some cases, such facilitators would extort money from the applicants in order to provide you the selection notification that should have gone to the applicant directly in the first place.

Some web sites claim that they would increase your chance of winning a lottery. That is absolutely baseless. No one can increase the chance of you winning a lottery. Of course, correctly entered entry has a much less chance of getting disqualified. However, no one can increase the chance of winning the lottery itself among qualified entries.

The U.S. Government does not employ any outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare DV entries do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government. Use them entirely at your own risk.

The KCC (Kentucky Consular Center) will not ask you to send money to them by mail or services such as Western Union, travelers checks, PayPal, credit card, money order, Google check out, direct bank transfers, cash, personal checks.

You should apply only on the internet web site that has ".gov" domain suffix, as they are official U.S. government web sites. Many other non-governmental web sites (e.g. using suffixes ".com", ".org" or ".net") provide immigration and visa related information and services. Regardless of the content of non-governmental web sites, the U.S. Department of State does not endorse, recommend or sponsor any information or material shown at these other web sites.

Some web sites may not even provide any assistance in completing the online form or provide any service and just steal your money. If you send in money to one of these scams, you will never see it again.

You should be very careful about sending any personal information to these web sites as they might use it for identify fraud/theft.

Some web sites even claim to offer you free airfare if you apply through them and win the lottery. Use your own discretion.

Use reputable service
If you would like to have the U.S. mailing address (because postal service in your country is not reliable or whatever the reason), do not have the access to the internet, your English skills are weak, you want someone to review your application before it is entered, do not have the time to submit the application on your own, you can of course the services of certain law firms and immigration consultants.

Of course, it is not necessary to use such a service.

However, if you want to hire someone to do this, you must be very careful and should choose only the reputable organization, as there is a lot of fraud and scam going on regarding this, as explained above.