Monday, May 04, 2015


This morning, the following email was in my box:

U.S. DoS - Public Communication
Secretaria del Poderjudicial []
Sent:Monday, May 04, 2015 3:14 AM

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, has registered and notified you as one of the 2015 DV Green Card Lottery Selectee.

USCIS Immigration Service
Tell: +12705944738

Rafaela Urroz
Immigrant Non-Immigrant Visa Unit

I am not making this up. Note that there is no link to click on to transmit my personal information and that I already have permission to work in the US.

It also purports to be from the US State dept., but is from a Nicaraguan government address.

But there are websites out there claiming that the "Kentucky Consular Center" does indeed process green card lottery winners.

So, what is the scam here people? Where is the money making opportunity? Is it a coincidence that Nicaragua sounds a lot like Nigeria?


Simon Spero said...

The scam might possibly be a program that «provides for a class of “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. »... which considers Ireland to be such a country, and which excludes United Kingdom except for Northern Ireland.

Can you guess which now-dead senator wrote that provision?

Angus said...

Daniel Patrick Moynihan??

Gene Callahan said...

Simon, how is the existence of such an immigration program supposed to explain this email?