IN SHORT: Kenyan journalist Victoria Rubadiri is among the latest celebrities to have her name exploited by scammers on Facebook. Beware of fake offers posted by this fake page.
The Facebook page Victoria Rubadiri is running promotions on Facebook groups with thousands of members.
The page, with 1,400 followers, uses the name and photos of Kenyan Citizen TV news anchor Victoria Rubadiri.
A typical post by the page reads: “EVENING PROMOTION now for KSh35,000. Find the missing numbers. 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,13,14,15. 150 people only.”
But are the promotions run by Rubadiri? We checked.
Facebook allows public figures such as Rubadiri to verify their pages on the platform. These pages then carry the “blue tick” verification badge.
While Rubadiri’s official Facebook page, Victoria Rubadiri, is verified, the page running the promotions is not. We checked her official page, which has 597,000 followers, for the promotions and found none, which is unexpected given its wider reach.
The page in question asks users to engage privately on WhatsApp, which is likely an attempt to scam them.
All signs point to a fake Facebook page with scam offers.
To help protect yourself against online fraudsters, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.
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