IN SHORT: The page combines the (misspelled) names of Kenyan president William Ruto and his wife Rachel Ruto. And it offers a fantastic prize of KSh27,000 for doing very little – but you have to pay a bogus KSh199 “registration” fee first.
It uses a photo of the first lady as its profile photo.
One of its posts, dated 17 February 2023, reads: “Hey! Hey! My dear fellow Kenyans, as I told you yesterday from NTV show ile siku ni Leo, Today is my BIRTHDAY party na niko na ZAWADI ya Ksh27,000, kama uko online just wish me #HBD.”
This mix of English and Kiswahili translates as: “Hey! Hey! My dear fellow Kenyans, as I told you yesterday during a show at NTV Kenya, today is my birthday party. I have a KSh27,000 prize. If you are online, just wish me a happy birthday.”
NTV Kenya is a local TV station.
But is the page and its promotions legit? We checked.
Signs of fake Facebook account
The president’s official Facebook page is “William Samoei Ruto” and has more than 2 million followers. The first lady’s Facebook page, “Mama Rachel Ruto”, has over 900,000 followers. Both are verified, and neither offers competitions or promotions.
It is unlikely that the two would jointly run an unverified account specifically to offer promotions.
The account tells users who write the happy birthday messages to text the WhatsApp number 0741977295 – belonging to the “secretary” – to claim their reward, using the hashtag #PROMOTION.
This is a clear indication that this is a scam and the account is fake.
To help protect yourself against online fraudsters, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.
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