The Facebook page “Mttn Frèè Data Giveaway” advertises free laptops, data and more, as well as visa lotteries and grants – all in a bid to scam people.
The page uses the logo of telecoms company MTN, which operates across Africa and in the Middle East.
On 8 January 2022, the page advertised a fake “Free 50GB Internet Data Pack”.
On 22 December 2021, it advertised a bogus US visa lottery.
On 4 November 2021, the page posted a call for applications and shared a link to a website claiming to offer free laptops to students.
But it’s clear that the page has nothing to do with MTN.
Page name changed repeatedly
“Mttn Frèè Data Giveaway” has been posting scam adverts since at least May 2020. Before that, it posted fairly normal messages and shared ordinary posts by other users. And its page description is “Just for fun”.
The page’s transparency section quickly reveals other reasons why it shouldn’t be taken seriously.
The page was created on 25 February 2018 as “Stress Provide the user. Art Is A Power Of Life”.
On 28 February 2018 its name was changed to “We post what we do anything . Art Is A Power Of Life”.
In October 2019 it was changed to “GTZS Dangerous post, fun, jokes”.
In November 2019 it was changed to “GTZ Young Blood #fun and jokes”.
Finally, on 30 May 2020, the name became “Mttn Frèè Data Giveaway”.
Dodgy website asks for personal information
All the recent offers on the page link to a dodgy website: https://gett-it.xyz.
The site first asks for a phone number, and then takes you through a series of steps, supposedly to “verify” the number.
This is an attempt to steal valuable personal information.
The page then asks you to “Click the green button ‘SHARE’ and send this to 12 Whatsapp Groups or friends so they can also get this free service!”
It goes on: “After the sharing, You will be asked to activate this free service for 30/60 days.”
This is an example of engagement bait – a common sign of a scam.
Site registered in Iceland
Africa Check did a Whois search of the website’s address – https://gett-it.xyz – which revealed it was registered on 15 July 2021 – in Iceland. Iceland is an island nation in northern Europe, far from MTN’s operations in Africa and the Middle East.
“Mttn Frèè Data Giveaway” is a scam. Ignore it.
For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false
A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?
Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.Publishers guide
Africa Check teams up with Facebook
Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.
The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.
You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.
Add new comment