February 9, 2011

'Scam: US Diversity Visa Lottery Program. Who is Ian Baird from London, UK?'

I received an email, few days ago. A clear scam, to me. The letter says that I won a Permanent Resident Visa for the United States, and that I have to pay 680 USD to a certain Ian Baird from London, UK. Below you can see the full text of the email. But before that: this Ian Baird is clearly receiving a lot of money from innocent people that believe in this fraud. Does anyone know Ian Baird from London, UK? If you know him, can you report him to the police? Or, tell him that he should be ashamed of what he’s doing? Thanks.

Seriously: I’m surprised that, in 2011, authorities (police or similar ones) cannot STOP these scams. Unbelievable. You can also search for other Diversity Visa Lottery Scams.

Here’s the letter.

U.S. Department of State sent this message to Simone Brunozzi (email). Your registered name is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State.

Congratulations, you’ve won !

Dear Simone Brunozzi ,

Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program. Selection guarantees that you will receive a United States Permanent Resident Card(also known as Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for further processing.

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Acceptance Date: Sunday 6th of February 2011 06:45:39 AM
Winner Name: Simone Brunozzi
Country of Birth:
Phone Number: 65-90xx-xxxx

** Is the Diversity Visa FREE ? No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing fees. **The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity.


Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)
United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment of processing fee $680

Processing fees Included

Total $680


**Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. **With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.Although you will have all the rights that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa **Health Insurance **(Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)

We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($680) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.

Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $680. There is no discount for children.

Visa Payment processing instructions

The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety. You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency.

Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment : Find Western Union Agency If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf.

After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:

Name : **Ian Baird ** Address: 24 Grosvenor Square London, W1A 2LQ United Kingdom

The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Government decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country.