IN SHORT: Pastor Dorcas Rigathi became a public figure after her husband was elected Kenya’s deputy president in August 2022. But it also made her a target of social media impersonators.
The Facebook page “Bishop Dorcas Gachagua” identifies itself as “the official page of deputy president's Wife Pastor Dorcas Rigathi Gachagua”.
The page was created on 5 September 2022. Its cover photo shows the couple.
Its most recent post, on Christmas Day, urges its 28,000 followers to apply for a “mama care loan”.
An earlier post on 1 December claims it can help Kenyans access school fees, business and personal loans. In another post we found the names of people who have supposedly received loans, as well as their ID numbers and the amounts they received.
Another page, “Bíshóp Dórcàs Gàçhágúa”, has similar loan offers. The page has 1,600 followers and uses a photo of the pastor as its profile pic.
But do these Facebook pages really belong to the deputy president’s wife?
Imposter accounts offering loans? Scam alert!
Although unverified, it has 85,000 followers. It was created on 28 February 2022, well before she became a public figure. None of its posts offer loans.
On 8 October, the page warned of fake Facebook accounts using her name.
“This is my only page, please do not entertain any other accounts under my name, or any other page using my picture with different names! This is just to raise awareness since my posers have been posting my picture with malicious captions,” the post reads.
Offers of loans, giveaways and jobs on Facebook by imposter accounts are often scams. Find out more in our guide to scams like this.
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