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Scam! No, Canada doesn’t offer ‘visa lottery’ to Nigerians

A fake Facebook page is scamming Nigerians wanting to travel to Canada. It’s titled “Canada Visa lottery 2019”. But there’s no such thing.

The scam page has posted a number of ads suggesting that people in Nigeria could “win” a visa allowing entry to Canada.

One recent post reads: “Canadian visa lottery (2019). Win and migrate with four relatives.” The ad also appears on a couple of blogs.

‘Don’t be fooled by false info’

Africa Check asked Amy Galigan, the acting Canadian high commissioner in Nigeria, if there was such a thing as a Canadian visa lottery.

“Canada does not have a lottery akin to the United State of America green card lottery,” she said. 

Galigan referred us to a tweet on the official Twitter page of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This clearly states that Canada doesn’t have a visa lottery.

The tweet reads: “Don't be fooled by false info online: Canada does not have a visa lottery. Make sure you get your immigration information from the official Government of Canada website.” – Motunrayo Joel


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