IN SHORT: Chemutai Goin is among the most popular journalists in Kenya. This has made her name a favourite among scammers hoping to defraud her fans on Facebook.
The promotions mostly involve asking users to identify names that start with certain letters of the alphabet or simply mentioning which of their bills need to be paid.
These accounts and their posts have been flagged as potentially false by Facebook. But are they to be trusted? We checked.
We checked the accounts’ posts and found that they were badly written, with the majority containing randomly capitalised words and letters, odd punctuation and a careless mix of English and Kiswahili. This is a red flag since we would expect Goin, an experienced journalist, to post well-written content.
Besides, it is unlikely that any Kenyan journalist would opt to give away such large amounts of cash to strangers on social media for simply responding to their posts. The posts on the accounts have similar characteristics to dozens we have debunked before.
They ask users to reach out privately to be awarded. As we’ve seen previously, they would be asked to pay a “registration” or “unlocking” fee to claim their rewards. This is usually an attempt to scam them.
Africa Check has debunked similar accounts running bogus promotions in the journalist's name.
Goin has told Africa Check before that her official Facebook account is Jane Chemutai G and all the others going by her name were fake. We found no promotions on her account.
The three accounts are fake and should be ignored.
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