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Exposing five Facebook accounts using the name of Kenyan politician Aisha Jumwa to offer bogus loans

IN SHORT: Scammers often use the names of celebrities to offer bogus loans on Facebook. We expose six Facebook accounts using the name of Kenyan politician Aisha Jumwa to make false offers of loans.

The Facebook accounts HE Aisharh Jumaa Kattana, Hon Aishah jumwaa katana loan, HE Aisharh Jumwua Kattarna, Mum Aisha Katana and HE Aisha Juma Katana have advertised loans on Facebook.

Each of the accounts uses the name of Kenyan politician Aisha Jumwa (though misspelled), the cabinet secretary for gender, culture, arts and heritage

The accounts also use her photos as either their profile picture, cover photo or both. They also list various contacts to be used for the loan applications. 

They offer different loan amounts and promise users instant withdrawals to their M-Pesa accounts. M-Pesa is a mobile financial service by Safaricom, Kenya’s largest telecoms company.  

Posts can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

But are these accounts to be trusted? We checked.


Imposter accounts

The first hint that these are all fake accounts is that they have misspelled her name or added an extra unusual title to it, such as “mum”. Poor spelling is often a sign that an account or page is fake.

The second indication that the accounts might be fake is that they all have few followers or friends, and have poorly written and repetitive posts. Most Kenyan politicians in influential positions in government have large social media followings and post well-written messages.

All the accounts claim the loans are from Inua Jamii, the Kenyan government programme that provides cash grants to poor and vulnerable people. But the programme does not give out loans. 

Jumwa’s official Facebook page Hon. Aisha Jumwa Katana is verified and has over 293,000 followers. It features posts about her daily activities and whereabouts. It makes no mention of any loan offers and publishes well-written messages with no obvious grammatical errors. 

The accounts in question are all fake.

To protect yourself, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.

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