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No, former Kenyan governor Mike Sonko not giving out loans on Facebook

IN SHORT: This Facebook account promises users in Kenya instant money using the name of Mike Sonko, a former Nairobi county governor. But beware, it is run by an imposter and is out to scam you.

“Hello Everyone, My Happiness Is To Help Someone In Need. If you want, #BUSINESS #CAPITAL, #SCHOOL #FEE, #RENT, #FOOD or #BILLS name one and it will be paid,” reads a post from the Facebook account Hon Mikke Songo KE.

The account uses the misspelled name of Kenyan politician Mike Sonko and his photos. Sonko served as Nairobi county governor between 2017 and 2020. 

The account targets Facebook groups with thousands of members and asks those interested to reach out via the WhatsApp number provided.

Its posts have been published here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Sonko is known for being generous. But is the account and its offers to be trusted? We checked.


Signs of a fake Facebook account

The account’s misspelling of Sonko’s name is the first red flag. His name is Mike Sonko and not “Mikke Songo”.

Sonko’s verified Facebook page had over 2.5 million followers before it was suspended in March 2023. This was announced by Sonko on X (formerly Twitter) and reported in local media.

The account in question has not posted the promotions on its own timeline but has posted on Facebook groups, most with over 50,000 members. This indicates the account might be fake and created to scam users.

Sonko’s verified X account with over 2.5 million followers does not mention the loan offers.

When Africa Check texted the number, we were asked to deposit KSh150 for registration before we could get the KSh35,000.

This is a clear indication that this is a scam and the account is fake.

Africa Check has previously exposed fake Facebook accounts using Sonko’s name to scam users.

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