CLAIM: A series of posts on Whatsapp claim that Canada has begun registration for its visa lottery program
The High Commission of Canada to Nigeria has become the latest victim of social media fraudsters.
A series of posts on Whatsapp claim that the Commission has begun registration for the Canadian Visa Lottery. The messages direct would-be applicants to a website – http://maxhog.com/canada – urging them that “registration for the Canada 2019 Immigration Program for getting Canadian citizenship in a few steps,”
The website also tells would-be applicants that there are 345 visas remaining, prompting them to act fast.
However, a message was sent to the High Commission via mail and its official Facebook Page and here’s the response:
“Please let this be regarded as fake news. For everything related to visa and immigration, the best place to get the most authentic news is WWW.CIC.GC.CA or Canada.ca/visit,” read the response.
Even more, the message from the Commission reads: “it is completely fake news and false and people should please not fall for that.”
We also checked the official website and nowhere did Canadian Visa Lottery appear on the website.
In fact, a similar news surfaced in 2018 and the Commission had on May 7, 2018 warned Nigerians to note that a scammer listed an incorrect phone number for the Canadian High Commission in Abuja online that may appear when one searches for the Commission on Google.
The commission then went on to list its contact information.
OUR CONCLUSION? This is FALSE!