Last Updated on August 14, 2021 by Opeyemi Quadri
We’ve heard people asking if Canada has a lottery programme. In this post, we’ll provide an insight on how to be careful so that you don’t become victim online fraud.
We’ve got you covered in this post to expose some of the tricks employed by online scammers to get your details with the aim of using same to defraud you of your hard-earned money.
Pattern of Canadian visa lottery application fraud
We have stumbled upon several Canadian visa lottery gimmicks on the internet, but the most recent and widely spread one in Nigeria at the moment is on WhatsApp, the most used messaging app in the country.
“Since the beginning of 2018, more than 30 of my friends have sent a WhatsApp message to me about 2018 Immigration Lottery to Canada. I knew that the message must have emanated from an unscrupulous dubious person,” one of the recipients of the message told us.
The message read thus:
“Registration in the Immigration Lottery to Canada 2018. The easiest way to migrate to Canada If you wish to apply and register for Canadian immigration, access this website and register with the Canadian Immigration 2018 program from here: winprize.net/canada/
Clicking on the website what you see is “Welcome Registration in Canada Lottery” and a three separate pages registration form.
You’re asked to indicate your age range, if you’ve got children or not, if you have visited Canada before and subsequently directed to fill your full name, country, city, and phone number.
When that’s done, you’re congratulated that you’ve been successfully registered, but that’s not all. This is where I suspect foul play and hidden motives behind the originator fraudulent message.
It’s either he’s using “Canada visa lottery” to get traffic or targeted at making people click on a particular advertisement on the website, or targeted at getting your personal details (RED FLAG!)
Why Canadian Visa Lottery 2018/2019 (on winprize) is a Scam?
First, we looked at the url: winprize.net/canada/ and suspected something is wrong. What we did: we removed the category /Canada/ and entered winprize.net/ into a search engine
It took us to another website which is completely in Arabic language. Also, if you stayed too much on the homepage it automatically takes you to another website.
Don’t waste your time on the platform applying for a non-existent Canadian visa lottery. Canadian Immigration Office doesn’t have or run visa lottery programme like the United States.
Gaining entry into Canada is purely on FREE application on the website whether through the Express Entry or other immigration options available.
We even took a step further to translate the Arabic into English, see photo of what we got below:
Second, you’re told that “You have only one step left to get Your tracking code”, but that won’t be possible until you rebroadcast the message to at least 30 people on WhatsApp.
“Click the green button below and send the message to 30 people or groups on WhatsApp to send you a tracking code in a message on your whatsapp”
Genuine Canadian Immigration opportunities would NEVER mandate you to send a particular message to others before you have access to apply, “Once the message has been successfully posted, click on the Submit Tracking Code button”
If you tried to get a tracking code before rebroadcasting the message, “Your tracking code will not be sent if the message is not posted”
That makes it suspicious!
Now let’s answer some of the questions you’ve been asking:
Is Canadian visa lottery programme real or it’s another scam?
To clear your doubt, the Canadian government has never operated any kind of lottery since it started giving immigration privileges to nationals across the world. The only legal means of entering Canada is through its immigration programme.
Canada doesn’t have lottery similar to the United States government. Through USA lottery programme, thousands of Nigerians and other nationals across the world have immigrated into USA.
Sometimes in 2017 Canadian deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Lajos Arendas, warned Nigerians against falling for Canadian Visa Lottery scam.
“This is false information. In fact, the U.S used to have, and perhaps still do, but Canada does not have a visa lottery programme.
“As far as I know, it has never existed in Canada. At least, certainly not in my 24-year career. It looks like some people are spreading rumours, and these could be linked to a possible scam,” naij quoted him as saying.
In contrast to USA visa lottery, Canada has several immigration options through which people all over the world can relocate and work permanently in the country (if you meet the requirements).
We have thousands of Nigerians who are now Canadian citizens, most of them went as skilled workers, students, and business-related.
So, Canadian visa lottery 2018/2019 is a scam, steer clear
What can I do if I’ve submitted my details on websites promoting Canadian visa lottery?
If you have submitted your personal information on such website, there are chances that the person behind the questionable lottery campaign uses it to send you unsolicited messages in the future.
You are likely to be directed to make payment into an account for your visa to be processed, please don’t pay into any account, it’s a SCAM!
Canadian government doesn’t have lottery programme like USA. As such it will NEVER advertise what it doesn’t have.
Most importantly the existing Canadian Immigration programme isn’t even advertised on dubious means, and the embassy will never force you to send message to a certain number of people before you could get a non-existing visa tracking code.
If you are interested in immigrating and working in Canada, please check the official website of Canada to check the best immigration option for you.
Stay away from winprize.net.
You can apply for Canadian Immigration programme by yourself, but first you need to check if you’re qualified or not because the Canadian visa for everyone.
What is the Canadian visa lottery website?
We urge you not to waste your time searching for Canadian visa lottery website because there is nothing like lottery programme in the history of Canada.
The only legitimate Canadian website where you can check your eligibility status is https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/. On this website you can simply check your eligibility status. The website provided here is where you can get real Canadian visa (fraud-free).
That website contains everything you need to know about immigrating to Canada (fraud-free), better still, if you think it might be tasking for you to digest the detailed information loaded on the Canadian government immigration website, you can check our guide as it outlines all the requirements in a concise way and which option suited for you.
We also urge you to steer clear of websites that are falsely and dubiously promoting 2018 Canadian visa lottery programme.
At the last check, we found out that there’s even a free blogspot named canadavisalottery, please be careful with personal information you share on such blog or website.
What usually happens is:
When such an originator knows that you’re desperate on entering Canada, he may begin to ask you to drop your email address or phone number.
Most of the time, they use the submitted information to get your details.
Interestingly, the Canadian government has made it simple without any intermediary for anyone to relocate to any part of Canada, if he meets the criteria and has no criminal record, and has no threatening medical conditions.
How can I get real Canadian visa (fraud-free)?
Yes. That’s why the government of Canada has a special dedicated website for that purpose.
Go to the Canadian government immigration website and check the best immigration option for you, check if you are eligible, and begin to fill the form, providing accurate information of yourself, and you’re on the path of fulfilling your Canadian relocation dream.
I want to immigrate, live and work in Canada, but…
Similar to this is the latest $1, 000 UNESCO financial assistance being circulated on WhatsApp and Facebook. It’s taking the same pattern with the Canada’s visa lottery.
How can I spot a Canadian Immigration fraud?
Immigration scam has always been on for years, 419ners only change the mode of operation, and this is how to know if a visa is a scam or not:
- Phishing email
- Phone call
- Fake immigration website
- Immigration lawyer and consultant
- Job offer
This way, websites, where you dropped your contact details in desperation to migrate, may begin to send you email claiming to be from a certain immigration office (in response to your application).
At the long run, you’re directed to make certain payment for your documents to be processed and sent (within a stipulated period). Please don’t make such a payment.
Another way fraudsters use is by calling you. In fact, some of them are located within your country, but they route their number to show Canadian prefix phone number, making you to believe that such call is from the Canadian immigration office in Ontario.
Note: You’ll never be called by the Canadian government to make the payment, and you will never be called to confirm certain information you earlier provided. WATCH OUT!
Fake immigration website:
Canada doesn’t operate any other immigration website aside (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/), if any other website is directing you to another website using a hidden link, you can simply copy the link and paste into Google to check where it takes you.
Don’t fill any immigration form on a fraudulent website.
In certain cases, scammers will send employment letter to you in advance, stating some irresistible juicy bonuses and condition of service.
Sometimes you’re promised in such dubious employment letter that you’ll be paid $25 per hour (working for maximum of 8 hours a day).
If you calculate that you find out that you’re on your way to financial freedom in a shortest possible time you arrive Canada. But it’s one of the tricky ways of making you pay blindly.
Please don’t make such a payment.
Immigration lawyer and consultant:
Some of those who call themselves immigration consultants are not real, better still they’ve been infiltrated by rogues.