The poorly written post reads: “ATIKU FOR PRESIDENT 2023 SUPPORT GROUP IS GIVING OUT FREE 5K AIRTIME VOUCHER AND 10GB DATA As Appreciation To Atiku Supporters To Use And Campaign Online.”
The post encourages Facebook users to “hurry” and “don’t be stingy” and lists URL links for different mobile networks, including MTN and Airtel, though all the links appear to direct to the same page.
Is this a genuine offer? We checked.
The links in the post lead to a poorly designed web page set up with Google’s free Blogger service. Visitors are asked to give their phone numbers and cellphone network to receive the airtime and data. This looks like an attempt to steal personal information.
Users are also asked to forward the links to other WhatsApp groups. This is an example of engagement bait – a way to increase the reach of a message by asking users to comment and share.
These are all signs that the offer is not genuine. Read our guide on how to spot online scams here.
For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false
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Africa Check teams up with Facebook
Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.
The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.
You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.