IN SHORT: Kenyan journalist Chemutai Goin is not running promotions on Facebook, offering thousands of Kenyan shillings as prize money. This Facebook account is just using her name.
This mix of English and Kiswahili translates to: “This is for our Citizen TV fans. Name the TV show you would like to see back on the screen between Zora and Maria and win KSh50,000.”
But is the Facebook account and the offers to be trusted? We checked.
Fake Facebook account
The badly written mix of English and Kiswahili is the first sign that the offers are a scam. As Goin is an experienced journalist we would expect her social media posts to be well-written without grammatical errors.
In one post the account claims that it will award at least KSh50,000 to Facebook users for simply naming a TV programme they want to see back on their screens. This sounds too good to be true, as such a simple task wouldn't normally attract such a large reward, and this is a common feature of imposter accounts.
The overdraft service is run by Safaricom, Kenya’s largest telecoms company, and allows M-Pesa mobile money users to complete a transaction even if they don’t have enough funds in their accounts.
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Goin has told Africa Check that her official Facebook account is Jane Chemutai G and that all the others in her name are fake.
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