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No, offer of ‘fully funded’ scholarships to study in Canada just another scam

A link to a website offering 5,000 “fully funded” scholarships to study “bachelor, master & PhD” in Canada has been posted on a public Facebook page in Rwanda and is circulating on WhatsApp in Kenya. It offers “500+ study programs” and says you can “get residency in Canada”.

The first page of the website reads: “Study in University of Alberta Canada With Course of Your Choice At No Cost through-out The year program. The University of Alberta Scholarship Program Enables International Students to Study in Canada Comfortably and Free.” Users are then told to fill in an application form.

Sounds too good to be true? We checked if the offer is legit.


Signs of scam

The website’s address is The University of Alberta’s address is 

More than this, the site is riddled with spelling and grammar errors – extremely unlikely if it were representing a university. And the university’s site makes no mention of such a scheme.

We took the risk – not recommended – and scoured the site, following the procedures it laid out for application.

We filled the questions with random letters in place of name, email address, country and area of study. Despite this, the site gave us a message: “You have been approved to study in University of Alberta for free”.

Protect yourself against identity thieves

Like many other scam sites we've checked before, as soon as we had completed the “application” process we were told to click the “invite Friends/Group” button and “share this information with 15 friends or 5 groups on Whatsapp”.

A note after reads: “If you do not complete this step correctly, The VISA FORM page will not load”.

Africa Check has previously debunked similar scholarship scams that ask people to like, share, and comment to increase a post’s reach. They may also be attempts to steal valuable personal information.

To help protect yourself against online fraudsters, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.

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