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Nigerian actor Regina Daniels not giving away money on Facebook

IN SHORT: Actor and entrepreneur Regina Daniels is not giving away N50,000 to Nigerians on Facebook. Ignore posts that claim otherwise.

Several Facebook posts claim that actor Regina Daniels is giving away N50,000 in cash “to Nigerians”. 

One post reads: “Regina's ₦50k Giveaway to Nigerians. Ending on 30th of this Month. Submit Application Today.”

The post includes a graphic and a link to a website where users can supposedly apply. The graphic shows a photo of Daniels with the text “#50,000 giveaway for every Nigerians” at the top and “application is free” at the bottom.

Other posts making the same claim can be found here and here. (Note: See more instances listed at the end of this report.)

But is Daniels giving away money through this link? We checked.

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Ignore engagement bait posts

Daniels is also a model, film producer and entrepreneur, and is married to Ned Nwoko, a member of the Nigerian senate. It is highly unlikely that someone of her stature would give away so much money to strangers on Facebook. 

We clicked on the link and it led to a web page about “U.S Visa Sponsorship Opportunities”. There was no mention of the N50,000 giveaway or Daniels.

We found no reports from credible sources that Daniels was giving away cash. We also searched her Instagram page, where she has over 14 million followers, and came up empty.

Such Facebook posts are designed to get people to interact by liking, commenting and sharing – a tactic known as engagement bait. This helps increase their reach, but ultimately there is no reward. They also drive traffic to the website about visas.

To help protect yourself, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them here.

The same claim can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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