IN SHORT: If you’re looking to grow your money, avoid “Rubies Microfinance Investment Platform” promoted on Facebook. It is not a registered business.
A Facebook post claims that “Rubies Microfinance Investment Platform” can double users’ money in 45 minutes.
Part of the poorly written post, dated 9 November 2023, reads: “I decided to share with you to join this platform to testify too stop investing on fake platform you may think that this is a scam but I am telling you now between God and man this platform is not fake is real.”
It then encourages users to reach out to an “investment agent” via the mobile phone number or the WhatsApp link provided.
But is the platform legit? We took a closer look.
Signs of a scam
The posts are riddled with grammatical errors and random capitalisation, and aren’t punctuated. Such posts are usually not from trustworthy sources.
Scammers often ask potential investors to engage via WhatsApp as a way to steal their personal information. This can lead to fraud and identity theft.
We clicked on the WhatsApp link attached and landed on a profile in the name of “Mr Solomon”, who we assumed was the “investment agent” mentioned in the post.
We texted “Mr Solomon”, pretending to be interested in the investment opportunity, and he repeatedly assured us that we would get double our money back in 45 minutes. The promise of a large return on investment in a short period of time is a red flag as such businesses are not sustainable.
We searched for the platform’s name on Nigeria’s business registry and found no record of it.
All signs point to a fake investment platform that users should avoid. To protect yourself from online scams, read our guide on how to spot them here.
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