It describes itself as an “energy company”, but MTN is a mobile telecoms company. Its profile pic and cover photo show large water tanks, but the scam seems only to offer “free” gas cylinders from Total Uganda – for a fee.
Posts on the page link to freedonations.net, a WordPress blog with the title “Free Gas Cylinders From Total Uganda”.
To apply for a gas cylinder, people are required to pay a “delivery fee” of USh7,000 for a 6 kilogram cylinder and USh8,000 for a 13 kilogram cylinder.
This is how the scammers make their money.
How to spot a scam
Total Uganda and Total Kenya have both warned of this kind of scam, advising the public to visit their official social media sites for any official communications instead.
And Africa Check has exposed scams offering free gas cylinders – and free water tanks – many times. To find out more, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them. – Dancan Bwire
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