The DOS has advised the public of a significant increase in the number of fraudulent email and letter notifications to Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program participants. Scammers are posing as U.S. government employees and requesting payment from DV lottery participants on behalf of the government's processing offices. The DOS reminds DV-2012 applicants that they will not receive email or other notification from the U.S. government. Rather, lottery participants should check status of their applications online, through the DOS's website.