The Facebook page Freemason in Kenya promises huge cash rewards to people in Kenya willing to join the Illuminati.
One of the posts on the page, dated 7 June 2023, reads: “REVERSE CALL … JOIN UPATE BONUS YA 70,000KSH KAMA NI MARA YA KWANZA TUMA NENO JOIN.”
This mix of English and Kiswahili translates to: “Reverse call and join to get KSh70,000 bonus. If it is your first time, just send the word ‘JOIN’.”
The “Freemason” in the page name appears to imply that it is being run by the Freemasons, which Britannica describes as “the largest worldwide secret, oath-bound society that conceals at least some of its rituals, customs or activities from the public”. A number of myths and conspiracy theories surround the Freemasons.
But are the offers and the Facebook page to be trusted? We checked.
The page has aggressively advertised the phone number “0708880060”. We texted “JOIN” to the number and quickly got a call back, from a different number, acknowledging our request.
But initial conversations with the caller quickly revealed his intentions. He informed us that we had qualified for a KSh70,000 bonus and that it would be sent to our mobile money number only if we deposited a small fee as an “offering”.
We asked why it could not be deducted from the “bonus” we had been awarded instead and were told off “for lacking seriousness”. Having to pay a fee beforehand for offers on social media is usually a clear indication of a scam.
To protect yourself from online scams, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.
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