The service allows M-Pesa mobile money users to complete a transaction even if they don’t have enough funds in their accounts.
One of the page’s posts, dated 9 February 2023, reads: “KAMA ULIPATA FULIZA SEMA THANKS. Don't stress yourself about school fees or rent or even starting a business na uko na SAFARICOM line inbox nikuboostie fuliza from 00 to 100k in 2 minutes hii January hakuna stress don't be left behind.”
This mix of English and Kiswahili translates as: “If you got the Fuliza service, be thankful. Don't stress about school fees or rent or even starting a business if you have a Safaricom SIM card. Reach out to me via inbox so that I can boost your Fuliza limit from zero to KSh100,000 in two minutes. There is no stress this January. Don't be left behind.”
But is the Facebook page and its offers legit? We checked.
Fake Facebook page
It’s unlikely that the actor would operate this Facebook page but not feature the adverts on her Instagram account.
It is also suspicious that the Facebook page was created on 8 December 2022, it would appear specifically to run these promotions on Facebook groups. It seems highly unlikely that this page is in any way connected to Saiedi.
Maximum Fuliza loan limit set at KSh70,000
According to Safaricom, people registered as M-Pesa customers with their national identity cards can activate Fuliza but not all are immediately eligible for the service. Asking all users with a Safaricom SIM card to apply for the offer is therefore suspicious.
The minimum one can send using the Fuliza service is KSh1 and the maximum amount is KSH70,000. So the promise of raising the limit to KSh100,000 is another red flag.
The company has also advised its customers to keep transacting on their M-Pesa service and repay all their loans on time as the only way to have higher loan limits.
All signs point to the Facebook page being a scam.
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