IN SHORT: The name of Kenya’s first lady, Rachel Ruto, is no doubt among the most misused by scammers on social media platforms. Here are another three fake Facebook pages running bogus promotions in her name.
The pages use the name and photos of Kenya's first lady Rachel Ruto, wife of president William Ruto, to run the offers.
One of the page’s posts, dated 14 October 2023, reads: “Chagua kitu Moja unataka kwa sahii PESA, FEES, BIASHARA Kisha uangalie inbox yako. Get loan from 10k up to 300k. Call 0746756106 or Whatsapp 0762575396.”
The mix of English and Kiswahili translates to: “Choose one thing that you want now between money, school fees and business then check your inbox. Get a loan from KSh10,000 up to KSh300,000. Call 0746756106 or Whatsapp 0762575396.”
This is just one of many suspicious promotions and loan offers run by the pages and flagged by Facebook as potentially false.
But are the pages and their offers to be trusted? We checked.
Signs of fake pages and offers
Africa Check noted that the posts on the pages are poorly written. They feature randomly capitalised letters, odd punctuation, a casual mix of English and Kiswahili, and repetitions. This is the first sign that the offers are a scam and are not from legitimate pages. One would expect the first lady’s posts to be well-written without obvious grammatical errors.
It is also odd that Ruto would opt to give loans to strangers on Facebook groups using unverified and unpopular Facebook pages. Usually, the first lady’s programmes would be run professionally, in close coordination with relevant government ministries, not in her personal capacity.
We also noted that the pages list phone numbers through which users can ask for the loans or claim their prizes. This is another sign of a scam.
The first lady’s official Facebook page, Mama Rachel Ruto, is verified and has over one million followers. We found no such offers on her page.
The Facebook pages in question are fake and their offers are a scam.
To protect yourself, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.
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