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Beware, Kenya! Don’t be conned by fake KCB M-Pesa Facebook page

A Facebook page called “Kcb-Mpesa” is asking customers of Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB Group) to post questions about the KCB M-Pesa service.

KCB M-Pesa allows people to transfer money using their mobile phones. It uses the M-Pesa platform developed by Safaricom, a Kenyan communications company.

One post on the “Kcb-Mpesa” Facebook page says: “Hello subscribers. Kindly send us any questions regarding Kcb-mpesa for more guidance and assistance.” 

Hundreds of Kenyan Facebook users have sent in their questions. 

Another post gives a phone number where subscribers can “reach our team”.

Africa Check phoned, and were asked to deposit cash in our M-Pesa account, not a KCB M-Pesa account, and then call again for “further direction”.

This seemed suspicious. Is the Facebook page – and its posts – genuine?

‘Don’t get duped and conned’

The official – and verified KCB Group Facebook page has posted a warning that the “Kcb-Mpesa” page is fake. The post includes a screenshot of the page with “FAKE” stamped on it.

“Don’t get duped and conned by people masquerading to be us guys,” the post reads. “All communication and information regarding our products and services will always be communicated on our official pages, only.”

The real KCB Group Facebook page has more than 1 million followers and its official Twitter account more than 360,000. The fake page has only about 2,500 followers, another clue to it being a hoax. – Dancan Bwire


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