According to the post, applications are open for all students aged 12–45, and enrollment is free.
To start the application, a section on the website’s landing page asks for personal information, including name, contact details, and school name.
The next page poses three questions: the type of institution the applicant attends, the geopolitical zone it is situated in, and the applicant’s age range. PesaCheck intentionally provided inconsistent details and a non-existent university — yet the application was accepted.
To access the funds in question, the final step, however, asks the applicant to share the link on WhatsApp — a common feature of online scams.
A WHOIS search established that the website was created on 13 October 2022 in Iceland (IS).
There is no mention of the bursary application grant on Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education official Facebook page and X (formerly Twitter ) account, nor its legitimate website registered in 2011 in Abuja, Nigeria.
PesaCheck has looked into a website submitted for fact-checking via PesaCheck’s WhatsApp Tipline and shared on Facebook, purportedly offering student bursaries from the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2023, and finds it to be a HOAX.