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The Green Card Lottery issue

Feb 10, 2011, 11:57 AM

It was not long ago when we wrote in these pages about the seemingly unending reports of desperate immigrants being swindled by unscrupulous elements in society.

Almost on a daily basis, you hear or see reports of people being swindled by unscrupulous swindlers who only give their victims the impression that they can provide them with visas, notably the UK and American visas, the ones which are most sought after.

This is done mostly to youths, who could have stayed and worked to earn a living here in their own country, but who out of desperation to reach Europe or America, would  pay huge amounts of money only to end up being fooled.

And, as if this is not enough, most people now resort to internet cafes, where they spend a lot of their time searching for websites that they think could give them the opportunity to travel overseas.

The U.S Embassy in Banjul yesterday issued a statement describing as “fraudulent”, notifications by email informing people, most of whom are desperate to travel, that they are a Diversity Visa winner (the Green Card Lottery).

In its statement, the Embassy said it has been receiving many inquiries recently concerning these notifications by email, and stated clearly that all of these emails are “fraudulent”.

This alone should serve as a warning to those persons that they are being fooled by people, who cannot provide them with visas, but just want to make money.

We would once again like to renew our call for would-be travellers to go through the right channel to obtain their visas, so as to avoid being swindled.

So long as they depend on questionable sources to get visas, they will always be victims of undesirable elements, who are just lurking around to prey on the next victim.

Enough is Enough!

“Be a terror to the butchers, that they may be fair in their weight; and keep hucksters and fraudulent dealers in awe, for the same reason.” 

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra