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Exposing two Facebook pages offering fake easy credit for various products in Kenya

IN SHORT: These two Facebook pages are using the name of Copia, an online shopping platform, to offer easy credit for different products. But the pages are not affiliated with the company in any way and could be trying to scam Kenyans.

The Facebook pages Copia Rahisi and Copia Goods are offering Kenyans a wide range of products, asking them to pay in instalments.

The products on offer include motorbikes, laptops, smartphones, water storage tanks, TVs and many others.

Both pages use the name of Copia, an online shopping platform operating in Kenya. One of them even uses its logo.

Their posts have attracted hundreds of engagements and have been posted here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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

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We noted that while the pages use Copia’s name, none of them link to the company’s website. This is the first sign they may not be legit.

The pages have asked users to contact the numbers “0753027563” and “0750221707” to place their orders. But we found none of these numbers on Copia’s website. Copia has another number listed as its official phone number.

The pages rely on unbranded photos to advertise the offers. Reputable institutions tend to have professionally designed graphics that use the company’s logo and colours. This helps to identify them as legitimate businesses.

Previously, the company told us it has only one official page – Copia Kenya – which is verified. It also insisted that its official number is 0709339000, as listed on their website. 

Ignore offers too good to be true on social media – they usually are. Read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them here.

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