U.S. Embassy Colombo warns over Green Card scams

The U.S. Embassy, Colombo in a press release warns Sri Lankan citizens about internet scams related to the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery or commonly known as “Green Card Lottery”. The Consular Division of the U.S. Embassy informs that the U.S. Government does not notify green card lottery winners by email and instructs not to respond or pay any money on the instructions of these emails.

The following is the full text of the press release:

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo would like to address recent concerns over e-mails that claim to be sent on behalf of the U.S. Department of State or its Bureau of Consular Affairs. We are aware that several entities claiming to be the Department of State or facilitators for the Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Cards send malicious and fraudulent e-mails to Sri Lankan citizens.

For your protection, please note the following:

1. Diversity Visa Lottery notifications are NOT sent via e-mail. E-mails stating that you have won the Diversity Visa Lottery or a Green Card are NOT legitimate. Diversity Visa Lottery entrants may check the status of their online application by visiting www.dvlottery.state.gov for the DV 2012 season beginning on July 15, 2011.

2. Only Internet sites ending in “.gov” are official U.S. Government websites. If you receive an e-mail from an address that ends with “.com”, “.net”, or “.org”, it is NOT an official e-mail from the U.S. Embassy.

I hope you find this information useful. Please do not hesitate to share this information with friends and family.



The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York is updating the contact details of Sri Lankans and people of Sri Lankan origin residing in the Tri-State area of the US, which will be used to communicate invitations for public events and important developments.

Sri Lankans and people of Sri Lankan origin residing in the Tri-State area of the US are kindly requested to send their name, profession/areas of specialization if any, email, mailing address, TP & Cell numbers to the following email of the Mission:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please circulate this announcement among your concerned contacts as well.


Thanking you.


The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN

New York

01st December 2015

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