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Beware of impostor Facebook page offering gifts in the name of popular Nigerian singer Davido

IN SHORT: A Facebook page claiming to belong to Nigerian musician David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, is offering users money, jobs and food. Although the singer is known for his philanthropic acts, the page is impersonating him.

“My Name Is DAVIDO. I Want To Help The First 80,000 People to SEND ME MESSAGE And follow me, will receive the Following Gift Below…” reads a post on the Facebook page Davido-OBO.

The 22 June 2023 post then lists the gifts, such as money, jobs and food. It has attracted over 1,000 comments and more than 400 likes. 

The account uses the name and photos of David Adeleke, also known as Davido. He is a popular Nigerian singer and often makes headlines as a philanthropist.

But is the page really run by the award-winning artist? We checked.


No ‘gift offers’ on Davido’s official page

Africa Check found the official page of the singer. It has over 8 million followers and is verified by Meta. In comparison, the suspicious account has just over 2,000 followers and does not carry the “blue tick” verification badge. 

Davido’s official page was created on 24 May 2013 while the suspicious one was created on 25 April 2023. 

The bogus page uses a tactic known as engagement bait to increase its reach. It asks users to comment on and share its posts, follow it and invite others to do the same.  

We also couldn’t find any of the offers on Davido’s verified page. It is unlikely that he would own two Facebook pages and use one specifically for such giveaways. 

Users should also be careful not to give out their personal information as the page asks them to do, privately. This could lead to identity fraud.

To help protect yourself against online scams, read our guide to spotting investment scams on Facebook.

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