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CANULAR: This web site promising scholarships and work permits in Canada is a rip-off | by PesaCheck

This offer does not appear on the official platform responsible for publishing immigration opportunities to Canada.

A website that claims to offer free scholarships and work permits in Canada is CANULAR.

The website states that it grants the following opportunities: “Iyeretravels Canada Study/Work Scholarships 2022. Study/work in Canada with your choice of course for free throughout the program. The Iyeretravels Scholarship Program allows international students to study/work in Canada conveniently and for free… No IETLS is required. ✅No brokerage fees. ✅Travel allowance is guaranteed.✅Free accommodation…”.

In order to obtain the scholarship or work permit, applicants must fully answer the detail questions on the first page, including: name, email address, country of residence, name of degree program to be studied, gender, age, and whether the applicant has applied for such program before.

This PesaCheck fact checker provided all the information needed and received a confirmation message that allowed access to the second step, which is to select the universities that interest you. At this level, applicants must provide information about their degree, their choice between work and study, and their preferred city.

The fact-checker then received a message asking her, among other things, to share the link with her friends: “To continue with the process and fill out the visa form, you must share the action with 15 friends or in five WhatsApp groups the green button turns blue”.

This website is similar to phishing scam sites. Once each of the applicants shares the offered opportunity with 15 friends and in the five groups, their personal information can be collected by the backers of the scam. Thereafter, the candidate will be referred to CommonWealth, not the original Canadian scholarship and job offer.

As to authenticate the offer, some individuals are listed who claim to have received visas through the program. Despite this, their profiles are not accessible, making it impossible to verify their statements.

PesaCheck found no mention of this program on the Canadian Immigration Service official website. Instead, there are scholarship opportunities with specific requirements and conditions.

PesaCheck checked a website claiming to offer Canadian scholarships and work permits and found it to be a scam.

This post is part of an ongoing series of fact-checks by PesaCheck examining content flagged as potentially misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, independent fact-checking organizations like PesaCheck help separate fact from fiction. We do this by giving viewers deeper insight and context into the posts they see on their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake news on Facebook? Here’s how you can report it. and here is more information about the PesaCheck methodology to check for questionable content.

This fact check was written by the fact checker Bella Lucia Nininamazwe and edited by Nicole Ricci Minyem, Article Editor at PesaCheck. This article has been approved for publication by the publisher at PesaCheck Doreen Wainainah.

PesaCheck is the first public finance verification initiative in Africa. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein and is incubated by the continent’s largest civilian tech and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It aims to help the public separate fact from fiction in public statements about the numbers that shape our world, with a particular focus on public finance statements that reflect government’s delivery of public services related to the goals of the sustainable development (SDGs) such as health characterize care, rural development and access to water/sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reports. To learn more about the project, visit pesacheck.org.

PesaCheck is a joint initiative of Code for Africa, through his InnovateAFRICA Fundswith the support of Deutsche Welle Academy, in partnership with a coalition of local African media and other civil society monitoring organizations.

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