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Exposing two Facebook pages offering gifts in the name of popular Kenyan actor Jackie Matubia

IN SHORT: These two Facebook pages in the name of popular Kenyan actor, Jackie Matubia, are promising Kenyans on Facebook easy money for simply responding to their queries. But they are just scams.

The Facebook pages Nana citizen tv ke and Nana citizen are offering money to users who engage with their posts.

The two pages ask users to answer simple questions to stand a chance of winning.

Both use the stage name and photos of popular Kenyan actor Jackie Matubia. She played the character of Nana in Kenyan drama series Zora. The show aired on Citizen TV, the country’s most-watched station.

One of the posts appearing on both Facebook pages reads: “Chagua kipindi Moja ulipenda Citizen Tv ujishindie Ksh 20,000 Today's award: MARIA, ZORA, SULTANA, RINGO.”

This mix of English and Kiswahili translates to: “Choose one programme you liked on Citizen TV and win KSh20,000 in today’s award: Maria, Zora, Sultana, Ringo.”

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But are these Facebook pages and their offers to be trusted? We checked.

Jackie Matubia scam Facebook page

Signs of a scam

The promise to award users with large amounts of cash simply for naming their favourite TV programmes sounds too good to be true. That’s the first sign of a scam. 

Facebook allows public figures such as Matubia to verify their pages. These pages then show the “blue tick” verification badge.

Matubia’s official Facebook page is verified and has more than 1.4 million followers. She only posts photos of herself, her endorsements and the films in which she appears. None of these cash giveaways are posted on her page. 

It is unlikely that she would run two Facebook pages, dedicating the less popular and unverified one to posting promotions. Her verified Instagram account also does not feature promotions.

The pages in the actor’s name and their promotions are fake.

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