USA Visa Lottery scam

We don’t see every day USA Visa lottery scams, but when we see them, there is a long text with many details in order to make the email very credible. This time the text is very simple because it refers to a 180KB attached JPG image. Interesting in this scam is the fact that the offer pretends to pay the flight ticket to US as well.

From: USA Visa Program
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:22:28 PM
Subject: Congratulations From U.S Embassy!!
Dear,

Read the attached copy of the Visa winning notification,

Reply this winning notification massages to the claim agent assigned to handle your visa documentation. He will guide you through your visa and flight ticket documents processing.

Thanks,

Mrs. Christine Thompson
(Secretary General)
Asia-Pacific HQ.

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Fig. 1: The attached image of the scam email.

Fig. 1: The attached image of the scam email.

And now, as usual, comes the funny part, as in any scam attempt we’ve seen.

  • Despite the fact that it is mentioned in the picture the “Asia-Pacific agent” for the VISA processing, the contact email addresses are in … Europe. They belong to a free web mail system in the Czech Republic. Come on guys, be more creative…
  • The text is very hard to read because it is full of grammatical mistakes and sentences which don’t make too much sense.

This scam pretends about 1000 USD for a single visa and 1500 USD for a family visa. Considering the fact that you get also a flight ticket and the accommodation is also arranged in USA, this can be considered “too good to be true”.
As all things which fit into the category “too good to be true”, this is a scam. We advise everybody not to fall for such things because you will be very disappointed.

Sorin Mustaca
Manager International Software Development