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Former vice president Atiku Abubakar not giving out N100,000 in cash to Nigerians, beware of scam

IN SHORT: Several posts on Facebook claim the former vice president of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar is giving out 100,000 naira in cash to Nigerians. We checked and this is false.

A Facebook post claims that Atiku Abubakar is giving away N100,000 (about US$66) to Nigerians. 

The post reads: “N100,000 to Support you. Nigerians, I AM ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU. (CLICK BELOW TO APPLY).” 

Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party came second in Nigeria's presidential election in February 2023. He also served as the country's vice president from 1999 to 2007.

The post features a graphic with Abubakar’s photo and a link to the supposed registration page for the giveaway. 

The same ad has been republished on Facebook here and here.

But is Abubakar handing out N100,000 to Nigerians, and is he doing so through the link provided? We checked.


Beware of malicious link

Clicking on the link attached to the post took us to a blog that posts updates on visa sponsorship opportunities in the United States.

This is a classic example of engagement bait. These are usually social media posts that ask people to interact by liking, commenting or sharing. This increases the post’s reach but ultimately offers no reward, and certainly no opportunities of any kind in the US. 

The post is also poorly written with misspelt words, which is often a red flag. If the post was published by Abubakar or any member of his team, we would expect it to be error-free.

We checked Abubakar’s official X (formerly Twitter) handle and found no mention of the N100,000 cash giveaway to Nigerians. 

No credible media source reported such a giveaway, which further raised our suspicions. This is a scam.

You can read our guide to spotting scams on Facebook here.

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