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Coca-Cola not giving cash to Nigerians – beware of scam

A message circulating on WhatsApp in Nigeria claims Coca-Cola is giving out cash to celebrate the beverage company’s 135th birthday.

The poorly written message reads: “Coca-Cola's 135th Anniversary Celebration! win 416464 ₦ for free. I Have Received Mine.”

The message includes a link to an equally poorly designed website where people are asked to answer three questions.

It seems unlikely but is this a genuine offer from Coca-Cola?


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Coca-Cola did celebrate its 135th anniversary in May 2021. Posts about this can be found on Coca-Cola Nigeria’s official Instagram and Twitter pages. 

But we could not find any similar message or competition on any of Coca-Cola’s websites or social media handles. 

The multibillion-dollar global company is very unlikely to run a promotion only on unofficial websites and through WhatsApp messages. This is a red flag that the giveaway is a scam. 

Africa Check has debunked similar scams that use well-known brand names in attempts to get sensitive personal information from people. For more tips, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.

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