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No free gas from Total Kenya – beware of fake Facebook pages

A Facebook page claims the public can apply for free gas cylinders from Total Kenya, part of the multinational oil and gas company.

It has posted a link to a website where people can apparently book the gas cylinders. 

But the instructions on the unprofessional-looking website closely resemble those on a scam website recently debunked by Africa Check, which claimed oil company KenolKobil was giving away gas.

Is this Total give-away legitimate?

Red flags

Instructions to receive the “free” gas include paying a “delivery fee” of KSh200 for a 6 kilogram cylinder and KSh270 for a 13 kilogram cylinder. A mobile number is listed to send the cash to. 

Having to pay an administration fee for a give-away or charity is often a sign that something is fishy. 

And there are other hints that the campaign is fraudulent. For example, the Facebook page posting about the give-away is not the official Facebook page for Total Kenya. 

And there is no such campaign advertised on the Total website, or on its official Facebook and Twitter pages.

‘Total Kenya not offering any free cylinders’

Total Kenya took to Twitter to debunk the rumours. It shared a screenshot of the website stamped “fake” and said the company is not offering any free cylinders.

It also posted on Facebook: “The website is not a Total Website & we are taking appropriate action on the same. Our official website is” – Dancan Bwire


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