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Kenyan actor Lucy Maina not randomly giving cash, ignore scam offers on ‘Becky foundation promotion’ page

IN SHORT: Be wary of Facebook pages that ask you to pay a fee before you can access the promised funds. This Facebook page, which requires users to make an upfront payment before receiving a larger sum, is run by a scammer.

The Facebook page Becky foundation promotion promises to give users KSh65,499 (US$430) for joining an organisation of the same name.

The page uses the stage name and photos of popular Kenyan actor Lucy Maina, who plays the lead character in the TV drama series Becky. The show first aired in July 2023 on Citizen TV, the country’s most-watched.

One of the page’s posts, dated 8 December 2023, reads: “Becky Foundation Promotion, it's a non governmental organization that's give outs 65,499 to any new member who join it with an activation fee of 499 sponsored by Royal Media services. Are you capable?”

Royal Media Services is a Kenyan media company with radio, television and digital outlets, including Citizen TV.

The posts have received hundreds of likes and comments. The page responds to those who comment, telling them they are all among the lucky winners.

But are the promotions to be trusted? We checked.

Scam Facebook page impersonating Lucy Maina

Signs of scam

While many legitimate organisations would normally have social media pages linked to working websites, this page doesn’t link to any. This is suspicious for a page claiming to belong to a professional “non-government organisation”. Its posts are also poorly written and accompanied by blurry images. 

Giving random users on Facebook thousands of Kenyan shillings just for registering with the foundation should also raise eyebrows. 

However, the clearest sign of a scam is when users are asked to pay a registration fee of KSh499. Legitimate competitions or promotions rarely, if ever, require an upfront payment before a payout.

The page claims that the promotions are sponsored by Royal Media Services, but they have not been advertised on the media agency's radio, TV and digital channels.

We also checked the actor’s official Instagram account Lucy Maina and found no such promotions.

The page in the actor’s stage name and its promotions are fake. Africa Check has exposed many similar scams using Maina’s name here, here and here.

To protect yourself against scams, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them

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