A Facebook page calling itself “Higher Education Loan Board” is trying to fleece Kenyan university students.
But the page was set up on 1 March 2018 and has posted multiple messages unrelated to the work of the student loans’ agency.
A post published on 2 December 2021 is an appeal for money, telling the story of a student who apparently contracted the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea after being raped. The post asks the public to help raise KSh15,000 for treatment.
Beware of fake education loans board pages
The board shared a screenshot of a private Facebook group called “Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)” and stamped it “FAKE”.
“Kaa radar. Beware of fake HELB Pages. Only seek information from the genuine HELB Social media platforms - Facebook [@HELBPage] and Twitter [@HELBPage],” it said.
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