Beaver Immigration Consulting firm is warning Kenyan nationals to be aware of an online hoax that claims Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “begged” Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta for one million new immigrants from Kenya to go to Canada.
The hoax is part of an elaborate scam that is defrauding thousands of dollars (USD) from would be victims across the continent.
Fake news stories continue to appear online and are being shared on Facebook and Twitter that Canada has created “a new Employment and Migration Programme designed for immigrants” from Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The posts, which have been shared over 3,000 times on Facebook and Twitter have been declared as fraudulent by the Canadian High Commissions in Nairobi.
Fake statement drawn from Canada’s announcement
The “one million” figure has been drawn from the Government of Canada’s announcement that is will add one million new permanent residents by the end of 2021.
“We continue to receive messages from victims of this elaborate scam,” said Nicholas Avramis, a licensed Canadian immigration consultant Beaver Immigration, based at Cape Town, South Africa.
“This is a serious problem on the continent. Fraudsters either use fake news stories or contact victims directly offering to secure both employment and work visa permits for Canada. People are being scammed out of thousands in dollars.” He said.
Mr. Avramis stated that the Canadian government only allows licensed consultants, known as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s), to advise and complete visa applications to Canada on behalf of clients for a fee.
Every consultant must be good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which is the government’s regulatory body.
If an individual or some group offers you immigration services to Canada for a fee it is important that they have a license and can be found on the ICCRC’s website.
They also must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada,” said Avramis.