IN SHORT: If you were to believe messages circulating on social media in Nigeria, citizen beneficiaries of the National Youth Empowerment Fund could get up to N700,000. Don't fall for it though. It’s a scam.
“The National Youth Empowerment Fund vision is to give out 150,000 – 550,000 grant to every citizen under the age 13-65 years from 2023-2025,” the post reads.
According to the 20 June 2023 post, citizens aged 13 to 25 can receive between N150,000 and N300,000, while those aged 25 to 65 can receive between N400,000 and N700,000.
“The payments has just began for all applicants, register to be part of the beneficiaries,” the post advises.
Is there such a fund? We checked.
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The link in the post leads to an amateurish-looking web form that asks for personal details. It then instructs applicants to share the website link with friends on Facebook and WhatsApp.
Other posts containing the claim ask applicants to call the phone number provided to access the fund – an unusual requirement for a government-funded programme.
Africa Check debunked a similar claim in 2021 where the post contained similar details.
Posts that typically ask people to engage by liking, commenting or sharing are examples of engagement bait. The reach of the post increases as people interact with it. They are also, usually, not genuine.
Read our guide on how to avoid online scams, especially on Facebook.
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