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Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings, Scam alert.

Woohooo, everybody! I won “USA Green Card VISA2010/11”.

Oh wait…



1. Mel - August 16, 2010

Well, in addition to bad clients, the translation business is now specifically targeted by Nigerian scammers so beware.
The best way to avoid such problems is to register with groups such as http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1536857 or check the boards on proz.com etc. beforehand.

Jill (@bonnjill) - August 16, 2010

Hi Mel,

You must be a new reader. Welcome!! Maybe I should have been a little more explanatory in the post. I’m an American citizen, which is why I do not need a Green Card Visa. I was being very sarcastic.

But you are correct. We are being increasingly targeted by Nigerian scammers. I have written about several on this blog or you can check the Payment Practices Nigerian check scam database.

2. Karen Tkaczyk - October 21, 2010

Hi Jill, Lucky you.
I’m just popping in to say that I did win the Green Card Lottery – yes, indeed, in 1991. British people aren’t allowed to apply usually (because there are so many of us here already) but because in the US country of birth is so important (rather than nationality) I was entered in the African lottery – I was born in Johannesburg while my parents spent a couple of years living there.
So there you go. Now you know someone who has really won it!

3. Jill (@bonnjill) - October 21, 2010

Yes, but I assume you actually applied for it. Plus, I am a native so have no need for a Green Card. I know several people who have won it, but they too applied for it.

Not to mention the fact that I got the same e-mail again today. Lucky me…

4. madina - February 16, 2011

I received an email saying that I won a green card, they say the american gov notify pple by mails, but me I changed ma address which I used when am registering n ma phone number I changed it, so is there a possibility that its true

Jill (@bonnjill) - February 16, 2011

If you applied for a Green Card and received word then by all means congratulations. However, if you got an e-mail out of the blue from “the American government” I would highly suspect a scam, which was the case here since I am an American citizen and do not need a Green Card…

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