IN SHORT: Two Facebook pages and an account are promising Kenyans instant riches if they join the “the Illuminati brotherhood”. But this is a well-known type of fraud.
According to the Vox news website, the idea of a group called the “Illuminati” is a popular conspiracy theory, referring to “shadowy cabals that supposedly control the world”. This has also been discussed at length by the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The pages and the account post photos of wads of cash, high-end vehicles and women, presumably to entice users.
But are the offers, the Facebook pages and account to be trusted? We checked.
Don’t be scammed!
We investigated the backgrounds of the pages and account to determine if they were legit.
The “page transparency” section of the first Facebook page – How to join illuminatii 0734975967 – shows that it was initially created under the name “Mtumishi Ezekiel new life church” on 29 March 2022. It at first impersonated Ezekiel Odero and his church.
Odero is a popular Kenyan preacher from the New Life Prayer Centre and Church. The church’s official Facebook page is Newlife TV KENYA. The fake page only changed to its new name in September 2023. This is a clear sign that it is fake and its offers are a scam.
We noticed the second Facebook page – Susan bella – is running its activities using the phone numbers “0114 147551” and “0710516954”. Both of these numbers were used to scam Facebook users using the Illuminati conspiracy on a different Facebook page. Africa Check debunked that page and the contacts in April.
This is also the case with the Facebook account Freemason in Kenya Join Us. Its phone number “0788799147” was used by a Facebook page that also scammed users using the name of Illuminati. It was debunked in June.
These pages and accounts and their posts are all trying to scam Facebook users and should be avoided.
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