IN SHORT: It is unlikely that a public official of the Nairobi governor’s stature would run promotions offering cash prizes on his official social media accounts. Johnson Sakaja has only one verified account on Facebook – and this isn’t it.
The Facebook account Hon Sakkaja Johnson KE has been running promotions in a group in Kenya with more than 148,000 members.
One of its posts, published 10 May 2023, reads: “Chagua box moja hapa ujishindie 55,000 kshs.” It then shows four download or email emojis, numbered one to four.
This loosely translates to: “Choose one box here and win KSh55,000.”
But is this Facebook account really run by Sakaja? We checked.
Facebook account is a scam
Also on the timeline are group posts promising various gifts to Kenyans who engage with the posts.
In one post, a Facebook user who commented on the post was asked to send a direct message via Facebook or WhatsApp to a listed phone number.
We were asked to pay a registration fee of KSh1,000. Then we were sent what appeared to be screenshots of testimonials from previous winners. Being asked to pay a registration fee was another clear sign that this was a scam.
Sakaja’s official Facebook page is verified and contains no promotions.
Fake accounts of prominent people are regularly created on social media platforms with the aim of scamming people. Those who run them often request personal details or money, which could lead to identity theft. You can report these accounts to protect yourself and others from scams.
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