Fraud Prevention Unit
Visa Lottery: Scam Alert
The Dominican Republic does not
participate in the visa lottery. Fraud by telephone and email is
increasing worldwide and the U.S. Embassy recommends that all visa
applicants and U.S. citizens should exercise caution if they are
contacted by someone asking for money or information by phone or e-mail.
Some fraud tactics currently being used involve reports of false kidnapping, lies regarding family emergencies, and a claim that additional money is needed to process your visa. Victims are often asked to deposit or transfer money through Western Union, or to an overseas bank account. Any random request for money from unknown sources should be considered as fraudulent.
If you receive any suspicious solicitations for money or information from persons claiming to be calling from the Embassy or U.S. Government, contact the Fraud Prevention Unit by sending an email to SDO-Fraud@state.gov, or call us at 809-221-2171 ext. 4272/4446, Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Always check before sending money to unknown persons!