Online scam, green card edition

Some of us may have seen online banners talking about getting green cards, even if we have no intention whatsoever of emigrating to the US. But I hadn’t gotten an e-mail scam attempt pretending to offer a green card until today:

Dear costumer, Congratulations! Your application for the U.S. citizenship is ready to be approved. You have the opportunity to be authorized to live and work in the USA as a lawful permanent resident. The Green Card is going to be prepared for you in 1 month. The unique number of your application is via-262. Follow this link http://[FAKE LINK][FAKE LINK] to finish the registration procedure. Please pay attention to the fact that the period of time for you to finish the registration is limited. Yours faithfully, Visa Center Support Service

The funniest part of this attempt is that this supposed “Green Card” service is operating from somewhere with a *Brazil* domain, based on the URL that they want me to click on. Don’t even mind the misspelled words or the fact that I didn’t even ask for a green card, that’s minor at this stage. Just follow the link and we’ll get hooked right up…

And, most likely, they’ll want to finish up the processing by obtaining our phone number, mailing address and probably some credit card information to handle a ‘processing fee’ or the like. What could go wrong? Seamless, right?

Don’t do it, folks. The scammers are everywhere, and they’re persistent.

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