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Don’t be conned by these Facebook pages offering big discounts on water tanks

IN SHORT: “Kentank” is a brand name used by one of Kenya’s major water tank manufacturers. But beware of these three Facebook pages keen to cash in on its popularity.

The Facebook pages Kentank, Kentank Kenya and Kentank Kenya Limited are offering users discounts on water tanks of up to 30%, with free delivery.

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The pages use the name “Kentank”, a brand of tanks manufactured by Kentainers Limited, a company in Kenya.

A typical post from one of the pages, dated 2 August 2023, reads: “KENTANK 30% Discount OFFER!!! Visit our website for more offers www.kentankkenya.com. Free delivery countrywide.”

Other posts appear here, here, here, here and here.

They have attracted hundreds of interactions, with users enquiring about the offers.

But are the Facebook pages and their offers legit? We checked.

Signs of a scam

The “page transparency” section of each of these pages show they were all created in August 2023. It is unlikely that a company like Kentainers Limited would be so new to social media when it has been in operation for many years. Besides, a newly created page with low numbers of followers but attractive offers is usually a sign of a scam.

Two of the Facebook pages – Kentank Kenya and Kentank Kenya Limited – are linked to an amateurish-looking website www.kentankkenya.com. A reputable company usually has a well designed website. The Facebook page Kentank is not linked to any website. Most reputable companies have a website linked to their Facebook pages.

The official website for Kentainers Limited is kentainers.co.ke. None of the discounts have been posted there. The website also provides links to its social media pages.

The official Facebook page for the company is Kentainers Ltd and has also not posted any of the offers. Similarly, its Twitter (now called X) account doesn’t feature the discounts.

We also checked the different phone numbers used by the Facebook pages and found that none match those listed on the website. This is also true for the email addresses in the suspicious posts. 

All signs point to fake Facebook pages with scam offers.

Africa Check has previously debunked similar fake Facebook pages using the company’s name to scam users.

 

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