Fraudulent United States visa schemes are on the rise, and Caribbean visa applicants should use caution, the US Embassy to the Eastern Caribbean warned.

Though many private websites offer legitimate services to visa applicants, others operate as a cover for scams or identity theft, according to the embassy.

One increasingly common “Diversity Visa (DV)” scam e-mail instructs recipients to send money via Western Union to a fictitious person in London.

“If you have received this e-mail, you have been targeted by con artists,” an embassy statement said. “Under no circumstances should money be sent to any
address for participation in the DV Lottery.”

According to the embassy, the US Department of State’s Kentucky Consular Center does not send notification to lottery entrants informing them of a winning entry. Instead, entrants receive a notice directing them to check their status on the website www.dvlottery.state.gov.

 

See next Thursday’s edition for full coverage.