IN SHORT: Three Facebook accounts using the name of Kenyan actor Mwanasha Johari are offering generous cash giveaways. But they are impersonating the actor and should be ignored.
All three appear to ride on the popularity of Mwanasha Johari, a Kenyan actor who played the main character on Citizen TV’s Sultana.
Perhaps to entice users, each of the accounts feature photos of famous personalities in Kenya, including local actors and news anchors.
The posts by the accounts offer users up to KSh55,000 (US$370) for answering simple questions posted on Facebook groups with thousands of members.
But are the Facebook pages and their offers legit? We checked.
Signs of a scam
The posts are poorly written, with random capitalisation and odd punctuation. This is the first sign that the offers are a scam and are not from legitimate accounts.
It is also unlikely that the actor would give away such large sums of money to so many people for such simple tasks on social media. This is too good to be true – usually a sure sign that something on social media is not to be trusted.
The posts are also uncharacteristic of a celebrity. Most use their pages and accounts to interact with their fans, post their photos and promote products. But the three accounts have little to show of the actor.
We noted that two of the accounts include the same WhatsApp number, which means they are likely operated by the same person. We sent a message to that number to ask about the promotions and were told to pay KSh699 in order to win.
We messaged the other number too and were asked to pay KSh486 to “unlock” the reward. These are clear signs of a scam.
We checked Johari’s verified Instagram account, which has over 88,000 followers, and found no offers like the ones on the suspicious Facebook accounts. She has only posted photos and details about the TV show she used to appear in.
The three Facebook accounts should be ignored.
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