Beware of Scams

Fraud Websites: Some websites may try to mislead you into thinking that they are official websites for the DV Lottery.  They may attempt to require you to pay for services such as forms and information, which would otherwise be free on the Department of State or Embassy websites.  Some companies seek payment in order to complete the application form for the DV Lottery.  There is no charge to complete the electronic application form for DV.  Selectees will be notified ONLY through the Entry Status check at the DV Lottery website, and it is not necessary to use facilitator to apply for the Diversity Visa.

Remember, successful DV applicants are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center (KCC).  No other organization or private company is authorized by the Department of State to notify DV applicants of their winning entry, or the next steps in the processing of applying for their visa.

Please check the State Department Warning and Warning of the Federal Trade Commission on DV fraud.

Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters: The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants.

While DV applicants may receive an email from the U.S. government reminding them to check their status online through DV Entrant Status Check, they will not receive a notification letter or email informing them that they are a successful DV entrant. Applicants can only find out if they were selected to continue with DV processing by checking their status online through the DV Entrant Status Check at

Finally, remember that fees for the DV application process are paid to the U.S. Embassy or consulate cashier at the time of your scheduled appointment. The U.S. government will never ask you to send payment in advance by check, money order, or wire transfer.