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Kenyans beware! Exposing three Facebook accounts running bogus promotions

IN SHORT: While many scammers hide behind the names of famous people in Kenya to run fake promotions, these three Facebook accounts are using the names of ordinary people to scam users. Stay away from them.

The Facebook accounts Caren Chep, Victor Wanjala and Charity Nyambura are running promotions in Facebook groups and offering thousands of Kenyan shillings to users. 

The accounts feature either the logo of Citizen TV, one of Kenya’s most-watched stations, or a photo of its journalists.

The so-called promotions include questions on various topics and require little or no effort to answer. They have attracted hundreds of engagements from interested individuals.

Sometimes they even make religious proclamations and contact those who respond in agreement in the comments section to tell them they have won cash.

A typical post from one of the accounts shows a drawing of four men on a tree, with three of them sawing the branches.

The drawing is captioned: “WHO IS MORE SAFE I GIFT YOU KSH.35,000 BACK TO SCHOOL PROMOTIONS. 57 people only.”

But are these accounts and their offers to be trusted? We checked.

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Signs of a scam

The poor writing in the posts, including misspellings and odd punctuation, is the first sign that the accounts are scams.

Each of the accounts initially featured photos of ordinary people. They later posted the logo of Citizen TV and its journalists. This could be an indication of hacked accounts using fake identities to defraud users.

The accounts have numerous posts about promotions either on their timelines or on Facebook groups. Users must always be wary of accounts that only post promotions and nothing personal. This is another sign that they may be out to defraud the unsuspecting public.

The accounts are also reaching out to users in the comments section, asking them to claim their prizes via WhatsApp. This is a tactic often used by scammers to steal users’ personal information or money.

On 2 April 2024, Citizen TV clarified that it is not running any promotions.

The accounts and their promotions are fake.

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